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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web As for material, pocket options are most commonly cellulose acetate or wood. Adam Hurly, Robb Report, 29 Oct. 2022 The frames are made from hand-polished cellulose acetate, which is lightweight yet durable. Cai Cramer, Peoplemag, 21 Sep. 2022 The Cloos x Brady collection is made from M49 Mazzucchelli, an Italian bioplastic composed of cellulose acetate that is 100% recyclable. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 7 June 2021 The Fisher frame is crafted from stainless steel and a custom cellulose acetate, while the lenses block 100% of UVA and UVB rays. Samantha Costantino, Forbes, 1 June 2021 Langston once recounted that while repairing fossils at U.C. Berkeley in the 1930s and 1940s, the paleontologists would dissolve cellulose acetate film strips in acetone to make glue rather than buy the more expensive Duco Cement. Matthew A. Brown, Scientific American, 1 Jan. 2021 Which is why cellulose acetate is used today for eyeglass frames. Steve Mirsky, Scientific American, 20 Oct. 2020 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, 8 Sep. 2020 Cigarette 1950 Viceroy became the first brand to feature a filter made from cellulose acetate (plastic fibers). National Geographic, 9 Aug. 2019 See More

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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 30 Nov. 2022.

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