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 Plants use photosynthesis to convert water and CO2 from the atmosphere into sugars, starch and cellulose, all of which can be processed to make plastics. Wade Roush, Scientific American, "Wait, Plastic Can Be Good for the Environment?," 19 Dec. 2019 Microbes gobble up the nutrients, leaving behind cellulose, a form of fiber. Sarah Lazarus, CNN, "Could Asia's passion for tofu help solve the plastic crisis?," 2 Dec. 2019 It's made of cellulose, extracted from the waste generated by soybean product manufacturers. Sarah Lazarus, CNN, "Could Asia's passion for tofu help solve the plastic crisis?," 2 Dec. 2019 The researchers write that the study is the first retrospective medical diagnosis to include the genetic analysis of a historical figure, and also the oldest successful retrieval of genetic material from cellulose paper. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "What can 200-year-old DNA tell us about a murdered French revolutionary?," 20 Nov. 2019 The pollution problem is that fermentation of cellulose in rumens emits prodigious quantities of methane gas. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Making the best of a stinky situation," 17 Nov. 2019 The Hong Kong Research Institute for Textiles and Apparel, in partnership with H&M, has created its own process to separate cotton and polyester, yielding polyester fibers and a cellulose powder that can similarly be used for new material. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "There’s never been a better time—or more need—to buy your clothes used," 16 Aug. 2019 Enter Bioglitter, created with cellulose from eucalyptus trees. National Geographic, "See our four favorite innovations this month," 9 Dec. 2019 Chen has also developed a method to transform the cellulose-rich husks of the durian -- a notoriously smelly tropical fruit -- into plastic wrap. Sarah Lazarus, CNN, "Could Asia's passion for tofu help solve the plastic crisis?," 2 Dec. 2019

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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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19 Jan 2020

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“Cellulose.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cellulose. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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cellulose

noun
How to pronounce cellulose (audio)

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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