cellulose

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noun cel·lu·lose \ˈsel-yə-ˌlōs, -ˌlōz\

Definition of cellulose

  1. :  a polysaccharide (C6H10O5)x of glucose units that constitutes the chief part of the cell walls of plants, occurs naturally in such fibrous products as cotton and kapok, and is the raw material of many manufactured goods (such as paper, rayon, and cellophane)

Origin and Etymology of cellulose

French, from cellule living cell, from New Latin cellula


First Known Use: 1848


CELLULOSE Defined for English Language Learners

cellulose

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noun cel·lu·lose \ˈsel-yə-ˌlōs, -ˌlōz\

Definition of cellulose for English Language Learners

  • : a substance that is the main part of the cell walls of plants and that is used in making various products (such as paper)


CELLULOSE Defined for Kids

cellulose

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noun cel·lu·lose \ˈsel-yə-ˌlōs\

Definition of cellulose for Students

  1. :  a substance that is the chief part of the cell walls of plants and is used in making various products (as paper and rayon)


Medical Dictionary

cellulose

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noun cel·lu·lose \ˈsel-yə-ˌlōs, -ˌlōz\

Medical Definition of cellulose

  1. :  a polysaccharide (C6H10O5)x of glucose units that constitutes the chief part of the cell walls of plants, occurs naturally in such fibrous products as cotton and kapok, and is the raw material of many manufactured goods (as paper, rayon, and cellophane)



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