cellulose

noun
cel·​lu·​lose | \ ˈsel-yə-ˌlōs How to pronounce cellulose (audio) , -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)

Examples of cellulose in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Adding cellulose and fiberglass insulation to homes. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "Warren Buffett’s firm is proposing an $8 billion boondoggle to prevent the next Texas blackout," 1 Apr. 2021 Maharam then digitally printed the panorama onto a cellulose and latex substrate that can be applied directly to a wall (smaller sections can be customized to fit any space). New York Times, "A Psychedelic Reinterpretation of Medieval Wall Tapestries," 22 Mar. 2021 In order to make the pregnancy test flushable and compostable, the founders of Lia chose natural, cellulose fibers, which allows the product to disperse in water and disintegrate in soil easily. Bérénice Magistretti, Forbes, "FemBeat: Lia Launches Its FDA-Approved, Flushable And Biodegradable Pregnancy Test On The Market," 11 Mar. 2021 To this end, Ditlev refuses to allow Edvin to quit his car-painting apprenticeship, although Edvin hates the job passionately and the cellulose lacquer is destroying his lungs. Deborah Eisenberg, The New York Review of Books, "Awful But Joyful," 9 Mar. 2021 These ingredients have been blended to form a powder and vegetable-cellulose capsules have been used to enclose it. Daily Health Reports, Chron, "Meticore Reviews (2021 Updated) Diet Pills Supplement with Real Ingredients or Side Effects?," 4 Feb. 2021 Japanese rice powder and microcrystalline cellulose ensure your skin is completely rid of makeup, sunscreen, and dead cell buildup, while hyaluronic acid and Okinawa algae soften and boost moisture levels. Sarah Han, Allure, "Tatcha's Cyber Monday Deals Are Too Good to Pass Up," 30 Nov. 2020 Japanese rice powder and microcrystalline cellulose ensure your skin is completely rid of makeup, sunscreen, and dead cell buildup, while hyaluronic acid and Okinawa algae soften and boost moisture levels. Sarah Han, Allure, "Tatcha's Cyber Monday Deals Are Too Good to Pass Up," 30 Nov. 2020 Stay red-carpet-ready thanks to Jennifer Aniston’s facialist, Mila Moursi, whose bio-cellulose patches are made with apple stem cells, royal jelly, and calming ginger root to naturally lift the under-eye area. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "19 Under-Eye Patches to Banish Puffiness Once and for All," 23 Dec. 2020

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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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9 Apr 2021

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“Cellulose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cellulose. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce cellulose (audio) \

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 How to pronounce cellulose (audio) \

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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