Definition of Cellulose

1. Noun. A polysaccharide that is the chief constituent of all plant tissues and fibers.

Definition of Cellulose

1. a. Consisting of, or containing, cells.

2. n. The substance which constitutes the essential part of the solid framework of plants, of ordinary wood, linen, paper, etc. It is also found to a slight extent in certain animals, as the tunicates. It is a carbohydrate, (C6H10O5)n, isomeric with starch, and is convertible into starches and sugars by the action of heat and acids. When pure, it is a white amorphous mass. See Starch, Granulose, Lignin.

Definition of Cellulose

1. Noun. A complex carbohydrate that forms the main constituent of the cell wall in most plants and is important in the manufacture of numerous products, such as paper, textiles, pharmaceuticals, and explosives. ¹

2. Noun. (organic compound) A polysaccharide containing many glucose units in parallel chains. ¹

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Definition of Cellulose

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Medical Definition of Cellulose

1. A straight chain polysaccharide composed of _(1-4) linked glucose subunits. A major component of plant cell walls where it is found as microfibrils laid down in orthogonal layers. (13 Nov 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cellulose

cellulitic phlegmasia
cellulocutaneous flap
celluloid strip
cellulose (current term)
cellulose acetate
cellulose acetate phthalate
cellulose ester
cellulose nitrate
cellulose synthase
cellulose tape
cellulose tape technique
cellulose triacetate
cellulose xanthate
cellulosic acid

Literary usage of Cellulose

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1. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1922)
"The solubility of cellulose acetate in chlorinated hydrocarbons: GUSTA vus J. ESSELEN ... The present paper offers an explanation of the fact that cellulose ..."

2. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: “a” Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature edited by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"Industrial Uses of cellulose.—The applications of cellulose to the necessities of ... Efforts to introduce new forms of cellulose have had little result. ..."

3. An Introduction to the Chemistry of Plant Products by Paul Haas, Thomas George Hill (1917)
"INDUSTRIAL USES OF cellulose AND cellulose PRODUCTS. One of the industries which consumes the largest amount of cellulose is that of paper manufacture. ..."

4. The Textile Fibres: Their Physical, Microscopical and Chemical Properties by Joseph Merritt Matthews (1913)
"Use of Other cellulose Solutions.—Silk-like filaments may be obtained from a ... A better solution is obtained by using alkali-cellulose in place of ..."

5. A Dictionary of Chemistry and the Allied Branches of Other Sciences by Henry Watts (1863)
"cellulose has also been said to exist in the animal kingdom, ... 492, 860), cellulose is found in degenerated human spleen and in certain parts of the brain ..."

6. A Text-book of General Bacteriology by Edwin Oakes Jordan (1914)
"The Bacterial Destruction of cellulose.—Under the name cellulose, as is well known, are grouped a variety of nitrogen-free substances which occur especially ..."

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