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 (pī-rŏk′sə-lĭn) also py·rox·y·line (-lēn′, -lĭn)


(paɪˈrɒksɪlɪn) or


(Elements & Compounds) a yellow substance obtained by nitrating cellulose with a mixture of nitric and sulphuric acids; guncotton: used to make collodion, plastics, lacquers, and adhesives
[C19: from pyro- + xyl(o)- + -in]


(paɪˈrɒk sə lɪn, pə-)

or py•rox•y•line (-lɪn, -ˌlin)

a nitrocellulose compound containing fewer nitrate groups than guncotton, used in the manufacture of artificial silk, leather, oilcloth, etc.
[1830–40; pyro- + Greek xýl(on) wood + -in1]
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Noun1.pyroxylin - highly flammable nitrocellulose used in making collodion and plastics and lacquers
cellulose nitrate, guncotton, nitrocellulose, nitrocotton - a nitric acid ester; used in lacquers and explosives
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