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Methylcellulose vs. Carboxymethylcellulose — What's the Difference?

Methylcellulose vs. Carboxymethylcellulose — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Methylcellulose and Carboxymethylcellulose

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Methylcellulose

A powdery substance that is prepared synthetically by the methylation of natural cellulose, swells in water to form a gel, and is used as a food additive, bulk-forming laxative, emulsifier, and thickener.
Jul 03, 2021

Carboxymethylcellulose

A derivative of cellulose whose sodium salt is used in the manufacture of processed foods as a stabilizing and emulsifying agent, in drugs to add viscosity and lubrication, and in sizing paper and textiles.
Jul 03, 2021

Methylcellulose

(organic chemistry) A white powdery substance, obtained by the methylation of cellulose, that swells in contact with water to form a gel; it has many industrial applications.
Jul 03, 2021

Carboxymethylcellulose

(organic chemistry) The product of the reaction of cellulose with chloroacetic acid; it is used as a thickener and to stabilize emulsions
Jul 03, 2021

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