pyroxylin

noun
py·​rox·​y·​lin | \ pī-ˈräk-sə-lən How to pronounce pyroxylin (audio) , 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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The first known use of pyroxylin was circa 1847

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“Pyroxylin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pyroxylin. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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pyroxylin

noun
py·​rox·​y·​lin | \ pī-ˈräk-sə-lən, pə- How to pronounce pyroxylin (audio) \

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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