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Cellulose   /sˈɛljəlˌoʊs/   Listen

A polysaccharide that is the chief constituent of all plant tissues and fibers.

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"Cellulose" Quotes from Famous Books

... 1/250 (0.004) inch. They branch but sparingly, or not at all, and are characterized by consisting of a single long tube or cell, not divided by septa, as in the case of the great majority of the filamentous algae. These tubular filaments are composed of a nearly transparent cellulose wall, including an inner layer thickly studded with bright green granules of chlorophyl. This inner layer is ordinarily not noticeable, but it retracts from the outer envelope when subjected to the action of certain reagents, or when immersed in a fluid differing in density from water, and it ...
— Scientific American Supplement, No. 460, October 25, 1884 • Various

... with several thicknesses of tar and wax impregnated fabric which had been mostly destroyed. The metal itself was badly oxidized, but served to protect an inner wooden box that contained a number of thin sheets of a fragile substance composed mainly of cellulose which were brown and crumbling with age. The sheets were covered with runes of lingua antiqua arranged in regular rows, inscribed by hand with a carbon-based ink which has persisted remarkably well despite the degenerative processes of time. Although much of the manuscript ...
— The Issahar Artifacts • Jesse Franklin Bone

... water that should enter. The first line of defense is formed inside these coal bunkers by a complete girdle of coffer dams, which can be worked from the main deck. These it is intended to fill with water and cellulose material, and as they are also minutely subdivided, the effects of damage by shot and consequent flooding may be localized to a considerable extent. The guns of the ship are to consist of four 20 centimeter Hontorio breech ...
— Scientific American Supplement, No. 623, December 10, 1887 • Various

... It is made from cellulose, the woody part of plants, and may be manufactured from sawdust when freshly cut from live trees, from small, and refuse potatoes, from inferior grain that is not worth marketing, and from low-grade fruits and vegetables of all kinds. It is even said that the hundreds ...
— Checking the Waste - A Study in Conservation • Mary Huston Gregory

Words linked to "Cellulose" :   fiber, polyose, DEAE cellulose, pectin, pulp, paper, fibre, carboxymethyl cellulose, polysaccharide, cellulosic

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