cellulosic

adjective

cel·​lu·​los·​ic ˌsel-yə-ˈlō-sik How to pronounce cellulosic (audio)
-zik
: of, relating to, or made from cellulose
cellulosic noun

Examples of cellulosic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For hot weather: Woodson recommends looking for fabrics made from natural cellulosic fibers such as cotton or flax (the fiber used to make linen). Kathleen Felton, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Sep. 2023 Processing equipment proved hard to operate, petrol prices fell and governments eased mandates designed to force the pricier cellulosic fuels into the market. Peter Fairley, Scientific American, 13 Dec. 2022 This creates an opportunity to mix biofuels instead of relying on a single source—for example, cellulosic and advanced biofuels could be used to meet the requirements instead of using just total renewable fuel. Clarisa Diaz, Quartz, 22 June 2023 Regenerated cellulosic fibers, such as rayon, viscose, lyocell or modal, can be softer and silkier than cotton with a cool-to-the-touch feel. Grace Wu, Good Housekeeping, 18 Apr. 2022 These regenerated cellulosic fibers are considered semi-synthetics and provide moderate moisture-wicking abilities. Grace Wu, Good Housekeeping, 19 Apr. 2022 These regenerated cellulosic fibers are considered semi-synthetics and are prized for their drapey look and soft texture. Grace Wu, Good Housekeeping, 22 Nov. 2022 First, dust-borne iron particles land randomly on the paper, disrupting the cellulosic structure and generating a nucleation point of damage. Jeffrey Marlow, Discover Magazine, 27 Feb. 2016 Continuing the $1-per-gallon subsidy for cellulosic ethanol and the renewable fuel standards will also help. Discover Magazine, 17 Nov. 2010 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1873, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cellulosic was in 1873

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Cite this Entry

“Cellulosic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cellulosic. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

cellulosic

1 of 2 adjective
cel·​lu·​los·​ic ˌsel-yə-ˈlō-sik, -zik How to pronounce cellulosic (audio)
: of, relating to, or made from cellulose
cellulosic fibers

cellulosic

2 of 2 noun
: a substance made from cellulose or a derivative of cellulose
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