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Nitrocellulose vs. Pyroxylin

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Nitrocellulosenoun

(organic compound) A cotton-like material, made from cellulose by the action of nitric and sulphuric acids, used in the manufacture of explosives, collodion etc.

Pyroxylinnoun

(organic compound) A highly inflammable form of nitrocellulose; used in the manufacture of collodion and lacquers.

Nitrocellulosenoun

See Gun cotton, under Gun.

Pyroxylinnoun

A substance resembling gun cotton in composition and properties, but distinct in that it is more highly nitrified and is soluble in alcohol, ether, etc.; - called also pyroxyle.

Nitrocellulosenoun

nitric acid esters; used in lacquers and explosives

Pyroxylinnoun

highly flammable nitrocellulose used in making collodion and plastics and lacquers

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Nitrocellulose

Nitrocellulose (also known as cellulose nitrate, flash paper, flash cotton, guncotton, pyroxylin and flash string, depending on form) is a highly flammable compound formed by nitrating cellulose through exposure to a mixture of nitric acid and sulfuric acid. One of its first major uses was as guncotton, a replacement for gunpowder as propellant in firearms.

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