cellulose acetate


Definition of cellulose acetate

: any of several compounds insoluble in water that are formed especially by the action of acetic acid, anhydride of acetic acid, and sulfuric acid on cellulose and are used for making textile fibers, packaging sheets, photographic films, and varnishes

Examples of cellulose acetate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cigarette butts, made of cellulose acetate, have long been considered by the environmental group’s scientists as an anomaly—a separate issue that doesn’t speak to the larger consumer trends related to plastic trash. Laura Parker, National Geographic, "Plastic food packaging now outpaces cigarette butts as most abundant beach trash," 8 Sep. 2020 Cigarette 1950 Viceroy became the first brand to feature a filter made from cellulose acetate (plastic fibers). National Geographic, "Cigarette butts are toxic plastic pollution. Should they be banned?," 9 Aug. 2019 The Recordgraph system was first developed by Frederick Hart & Co. in the late 1930s and used to record audio on loops of cellulose acetate film called Amertape. Andrea Michelson, Smithsonian, "Man Discovers Original D-Day Dispatch Audiotape in Basement," 3 Oct. 2019 Cigarette filters are made of a plastic called cellulose acetate. National Geographic, "Cigarette butts are toxic plastic pollution. Should they be banned?," 9 Aug. 2019 Cigarette filters are typically created using plastic fibres (cellulose acetate), and take years to biodegrade in nature, the BBC reported. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "Disturbing photo shows mother bird feeding her chick a cigarette butt," 3 July 2019 Cigarette butts are made of cellulose acetate, a plastic, which does not easily decompose. Alaa Elassar, ajc, "Ga. coastal counties: Keep cigarette butts out of our water, beaches," 26 May 2018 The big contributors were packaging materials like polyethylene and polypropylene, paints, nylon, polyester, and cellulose acetate, primarily used in the manufacture of cigarette filters. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Researchers Discover Record Levels of Plastic in the Arctic Ocean," 24 Apr. 2018 Digitizing the reels of cellulose hasn't been an easy task because most of the cellulose acetate film was not well-preserved. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Watch Declassified Nuclear Bomb Tests Online," 22 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of cellulose acetate

1895, in the meaning defined above

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“Cellulose acetate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cellulose%20acetate. Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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