pyroxylin

noun py·rox·y·lin \ pī-ˈräk-sə-lən , pə- \

Definition of pyroxylin

1 : a flammable mixture of nitrocelluloses used especially in making plastics and water-repellent coatings (such as lacquers)
2 : a pyroxylin product

Origin and Etymology of pyroxylin

International Scientific Vocabulary pyr- + Greek xylon wood


Medical Dictionary

pyroxylin

noun py·rox·y·lin \ pī-ˈräk-sə-lən, pə- \

medical Definition of pyroxylin

: a flammable mixture of cellulose nitrates usually with less than 12.5 percent nitrogen that is less explosive than guncotton, soluble in a mixture of ether and alcohol or other organic solvents, and used especially in making plastics and coatings (as lacquers) — see collodion

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