Cellulose Cel"lu*lose`, n. (Chem.) The substance which constitutes the essential part of the solid framework of plants, of ordinary wood, cotton, 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}. [1913 Webster]

Unsized, well bleached linen paper is merely pure cellulose. --Goodale. [1913 Webster]

{Starch cellulose}, the delicate framework which remains when the soluble part (granulose) of starch is removed by saliva or pepsin. --Goodale. [1913 Webster]

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  • C6H10O5n — Amylose Am y*lose , n. (Chem.) One of the starch group {(C6H10O5)n} of the carbohydrates; as, starch, arabin, dextrin, cellulose, etc. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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