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

First Known Use of pyroxylin

circa 1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pyroxylin

International Scientific Vocabulary pyr- + Greek xylon wood

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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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