pyroxylin

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

Definition of pyroxylin

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

  2. 2 :  a pyroxylin product

Origin and Etymology of pyroxylin

International Scientific Vocabulary pyr- + Greek xylon wood


First Known Use: circa 1847


Medical Dictionary

pyroxylin

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

Medical Definition of pyroxylin

  1. :  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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