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- A complex carbohydrate that forms the main constituent of the cell wall in most plants and is important in the manufacture of numerous products, such as paper, textiles, pharmaceuticals, and explosives.
- (chemistry) A polysaccharide containing many glucose units in parallel chains.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a. Consisting of, or containing,
Cel"lu*lose`, n. (Chem.)
The substance which constitutes the essential part of the
solid framework of plants, of ordinary wood, linen, paper, etc.
It is also found to a slight extent in certain animals, as the
tunicates. It is a carbohydrate,
(C6H10O5)n, isomeric with
starch, and is convertible into starches and sugars by the action
of heat and acids. When pure, it is a white amorphous mass. See
Starch, Granulose, Lignin.
Unsized, well bleached linen paper is merely pure
Starch cellulose, the delicate framework
which remains when the soluble part (granulose) of starch is
removed by saliva or pepsin. Goodale.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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