cellulose

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

Definition of cellulose 

: 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)

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Instead, the main components of wood are cellulose and lignin. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Lumber’s lure: Thanks to physics, viable biofuel may grow in the woods," 5 Apr. 2018 What's in it: Dextrose (sugar), Reb A (extract from the stevia plant), cellulose powder (fiber), natural flavors. Molly Kimball, NOLA.com, "Guide to plant-based sweeteners, such as Stevia, Truvia," 8 May 2018 On Wednesday, International Paper announced two additional executive shifts with Jean-Michel Ribieras, currently senior vice president, global cellulose fibers, replacing Mr. Nicholls at the Americas division. Tatyana Shumsky, WSJ, "International Paper CFO Glenn Landau Resigns as Timothy Nicholls Returns to Role," 20 June 2018 Fillers found in low-quality dry foods, like cellulose, can cause the same problem. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "6 Things Your Dog's Poop Can Tell You About Its Health," 13 Apr. 2017 It straws, made of natural cellulose paper, are also completely compostable and biodegradable. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "Aardvark paper straws: This Fort Wayne company has your plastic straw alternative," 24 June 2018 Unexpectedly, cotton shows up on the list, but that is because it is sometimes used as a source of cellulose (and not a Catch-22 situation). John Timmer, Ars Technica, "USDA wants public comments on its plan to label GMO foods," 9 May 2018 Think: bodysuits and jumpsuits made of Tencel, a fabric regenerated from wood cellulose. Kristen Bateman, Allure, "12 Best Places to Shop for Affordable Wedding Dresses," 4 May 2018 Because opposite electric charges are attracted to each other, this results in the water molecules being attracted to the cellulose fibers. Ben Finio, Scientific American, "Walking Water," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of cellulose

1848, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cellulose

French, from cellule living cell, from New Latin cellula

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The first known use of cellulose was in 1848

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cellulose

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cellulose

: 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

noun
cel·​lu·​lose | \ˈsel-yə-ˌlōs \

Kids Definition of cellulose

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

cellulose

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

Medical Definition of cellulose 

: 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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