cellulose acetate

noun

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

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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 Clear plastic screwdriver handles are usually made from cellulose acetate butyrate, a material developed in the 1930s. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "Why Do My Old Plastic Screwdriver Handles Stink?," 8 Oct. 2017 Their take: cellulose acetate, acrylics, de-ionized water, silicone and something like polyurethane. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "Scotch Tape Can Create X-Rays, and More You Didn’t Know About The Sticky Stuff," 31 Jan. 2017

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1895, in the meaning defined above

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