cel·​lu·​los·​ic | \ ˌsel-yə-ˈlō-sik How to pronounce cellulosic (audio) , -zik \

Definition of cellulosic

: of, relating to, or made from cellulose

Other Words from cellulosic

cellulosic noun

Examples of cellulosic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And to what extent do the farmers harvesting the Himalayan nettle retain ownership of the natural capital in the lustrous long fibers, which have superior mechanical properties when compared to their cellulosic cousins cotton, hemp, and linen. Brooke Roberts-islam, Forbes, 19 Oct. 2021 There’s cellulosic fibers from Eastman Naia Renew made from wood pulp or hard-to-recycle materials like carpet. Max Berlinger, Vogue, 16 Nov. 2021 To gain a distribution advantage cotton plants produce a pure cellulosic fiber from the seed that is intended to help the wind carry the seed once the cotton bolls open to support distribution of cotton seed to a greater area. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 10 June 2021 Plus, biofuels like cellulosic ethanol could provide another 25% of U.S. oil needs. Michael Lynch, Forbes, 2 June 2021 In 2007 Congress mandated the addition of cellulosic ethanol to gasoline to reach at least 5.5 billion gallons of biofuel in 2017. Robert Hargraves, WSJ, 7 Mar. 2021 Then there was the biofuels startup Mascoma, which was awarded $20 million from Ms. Granholm and up to $100 million from DOE for a plant to convert biomass into cellulosic ethanol. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 27 Dec. 2020 Remember in 2006 when George W. Bush and Democrats said that mass production of cellulosic ethanol was right around the corner? The Editorial Board, WSJ, 25 Sep. 2020 One of them provides raw material for cellulosic ethanol, in which certain grasses and the stalks of food crops are converted into liquid fuel. Eric Toensmeier, Scientific American, 1 Aug. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of cellulosic

1873, in the meaning defined above

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“Cellulosic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cellulosic. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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cel·​lu·​los·​ic | \ ˌsel-yə-ˈlō-sik, -zik How to pronounce cellulosic (audio) \

Medical Definition of cellulosic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or made from cellulose cellulosic fibers



Medical Definition of cellulosic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a substance made from cellulose or a derivative of cellulose


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