cellulose nitrate

noun

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But almost all cellulose nitrate film has self-destructed in the last 100 years. Lily Rothman, Time, "This Mysterious Long-Lost Film of the Brooklyn Bridge Wasn't Seen for a Century," 18 May 2018

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cellulose nitrate

noun

Medical Definition of cellulose nitrate

: any of several esters of nitric acid formed by the action of nitric acid on cellulose (as paper, linen, or cotton) and used for making explosives, plastics, and varnishes

called also nitrocellulose

— see guncotton, pyroxylin

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