Definition of nitrocellulose
: any of several nitric-acid esters of cellulose used especially for making explosives, plastics, and varnishes
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Rui Hai was storing more than 11,000 tons of hazardous goods at its warehouse before the disaster, including more than 200 tons of nitrocellulose and 800 tons of ammonium nitrate, far in excess of what was allowed, the investigation found.
The chemical, nitrocellulose, is used in nail polish and lacquer.
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Origin and Etymology of nitrocellulose
International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1868See Words from the same year
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