cellulose nitrate

noun

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Recent Examples on the Web Because the drawings are extremely delicate, the team carefully dabbed their surfaces with sterile membranes made of cellulose nitrate and used gentle suction tubes to remove microbes without damaging the paper. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Hidden Microbes and Fungi Found on the Surface of Leonardo da Vinci Drawings," 30 Nov. 2020 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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1873, in the meaning defined above

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“Cellulose nitrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cellulose%20nitrate. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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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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