carboxymethylcellulose

noun
car·boxy·meth·yl·cel·lu·lose | \kär-ˌbäk-sē-ˌme-thəl-ˈsel-yə-ˌlōs, -ˌlōz\

Definition of carboxymethylcellulose 

: an acid ether derivative of cellulose that in the form of its sodium salt is used as a thickening, emulsifying, and stabilizing agent and as a bulk laxative in medicine

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Those tampons contained ingredients like polyester foam and carboxymethylcellulose, a thickening agent that enabled more expansion than other tampons did, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Korin Miller, SELF, "Can I Really Not Sleep With a Tampon in During My Period?," 23 Jan. 2018

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1945, in the meaning defined above

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carboxymethylcellulose

noun
car·boxy·meth·yl·cel·lu·lose | \(ˌ)kär-ˌbäk-sē-ˌmeth-əl-ˈsel-yə-ˌlōs, -ˌlōz \

Medical Definition of carboxymethylcellulose 

: an acid ether derivative of cellulose that in the form of its sodium salt is used as a thickening, emulsifying, and stabilizing agent and as a bulk laxative in medicine

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