nitrocellulose etymology

English word nitrocellulose comes from English cellulose, English nitro- (Containing the nitro functional group. Nitrate, nitrogen.)

Detailed word origin of nitrocellulose

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
cellulose English (eng) (organic compound) A polysaccharide containing many glucose units in parallel chains.. 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. Consisting of, or containing, cells.
nitro- English (eng) Containing the nitro functional group. Nitrate, nitrogen.
nitrocellulose English (eng) (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.

Words with the same origin as nitrocellulose

Descendants of cellulose
celloidin cellophane cellucotton cellulase cellulosic endocellulase exocellulase lignocellulolytic lignocellulosic pectose
Descendants of nitro-
N- N-tert-butyl- NTO TNT narced nitracline nitragin nitramine nitrian nitrilotriacetic nitrimine nitrofurantoin nitrogen nitrogeniferous nitrophilous nitrox ranitidine