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A highly flammable material made by treating cellulose with concentrated nitric acid, used to make explosives (e.g. guncotton) and celluloid.
- ‘Esters also are used as organic solvents particularly for paints, varnishes, and nitrocellulose.’
- ‘This type of powder was created by dissolving nitrocellulose in ethyl acetate, and forming the round grains under water - much like the oil droplets formed when one shakes vegetable oil and vinegar to make salad dressing.’
- ‘Nitrogen is an important component of common chemical explosives like TNT, nitroglycerin, gunpowder, guncotton, nitrocellulose, picric acid, and ammonium nitrate.’
- ‘Nitroglycerin can also be used in conjunction with gun cotton or nitrocellulose as a propellant in military applications.’
- ‘However, we're talking about a very energetic material composed, usually, of nitrocellulose and nitroglycerine.’
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