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 The frames are made from sturdy cellulose acetate with a wire-core temple that can be adjusted to fit precisely. Jessica MacDonald, Travel + Leisure, 27 Feb. 2024 Kate’s signature pieces, including eye-catching hair claws and barrettes, are meticulously crafted from resilient resin and cellulose acetate, ensuring both durability and style. Alex Kessler, Vogue, 8 Feb. 2024 Instead, choose cellulose acetate, wood, metal, or ox horn. Adam Hurly, Robb Report, 7 June 2023 Kodak kept its technical leadership by introducing the first safety film (made of cellulose acetate, rather than of highly flammable cellulose nitrate) in 1908. IEEE Spectrum, 28 Aug. 2018 The top is made of a durable cellulose acetate while the clip is a metal alligator that works both for thick and fine hair. L. Daniela Alvarez, Better Homes & Gardens, 24 Aug. 2023 Jacques Marie Mage Supersonic sunglasses with cellulose acetate frame and black lens, $750. Alex Badia, Robb Report, 26 June 2023 But now they’re almost exclusively made of cellulose acetate, a type of plastic. Cassie Werber, Quartz, 13 June 2023 Instead of filling sets of molds like those used to mass-produce dice for board games, our plastic—a strong polymer called cellulose acetate commonly found in eyeglass frames—feeds into an extruder to produce something like a long, square spaghetti strand. Sandra Gutierrez G., Popular Science, 6 Oct. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cellulose acetate was in 1895

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“Cellulose acetate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cellulose%20acetate. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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