(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.
(organic compound) A highly inflammable form of nitrocellulose; used in the manufacture of collodion and lacquers.
See Gun cotton, under Gun.
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.
nitric acid esters; used in lacquers and explosives
highly flammable nitrocellulose used in making collodion and plastics and lacquers
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.