col·​lo·​di·​on | \ kə-ˈlō-dē-ən How to pronounce collodion (audio) \

Definition of collodion

: a viscous solution of pyroxylin used especially as a coating for wounds or for photographic films

Examples of collodion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Photographer Adrian Whipp is a master of the wet plate collodion process and will capture your grinning mugs in a tintype as timeless as your friendship. Ashlea Halpern, Marie Claire, 5 May 2021 Infants are born with a shiny, waxy layer of skin, called a collodion membrane, that sheds after the first two weeks of life, revealing skin under the membrane that is dark, tight, and split, similar to scales or extremely dry skin. Amanda Mitchell, Allure, 28 Apr. 2021 Sternbach used an ultra large-format camera and collodion-coated glass plate negatives to capture each board. Donny Bajohr, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Dec. 2020 Photographer Shane Balkowitsch, based in Bismarck North Dakota, used the wet plate collodion process, invented in 1848, to create these images. Shane Balkowitsch, National Geographic, 28 Oct. 2020 The Little Women Twitter account shared the photos by photographer Wilson Webb on Wednesday, Feb. 5, noting that the images use the collodion process, which is also known as tin type or wet plate photography. Mallory Carra, Teen Vogue, 6 Feb. 2020 Mann loves the mistakes, warts, and chanciness of collodion printing. Cate Mcquaid,, 12 July 2018 Gibbons used a 19th-century format, the wet-plate collodion process. Mark Feeney,, 21 June 2018 Sacabo creates collaged and distorted photographic images with a wet collodion on metal process that dates back to the 19th century. Sarah Bonnette,, 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of collodion

1851, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for collodion

modification of New Latin collodium, from Greek kollōdēs glutinous, from kolla glue — more at protocol

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col·​lo·​di·​on | \ kə-ˈlōd-ē-ən How to pronounce collodion (audio) \

Medical Definition of collodion

: a viscous solution of pyroxylin used especially as a coating for wounds or for photographic films

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