cellulose nitrate

noun

Definition of cellulose nitrate 

Examples of cellulose nitrate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'cellulose nitrate.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of cellulose nitrate

1873, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about cellulose nitrate

Share cellulose nitrate

Statistics for cellulose nitrate

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for cellulose nitrate

The first known use of cellulose nitrate was in 1873

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for cellulose nitrate

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

More from Merriam-Webster on cellulose nitrate

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about cellulose nitrate

Comments on cellulose nitrate

What made you want to look up cellulose nitrate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a state of commotion or excitement

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!