Hydrocellulose

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Description

Cellulose that is partially hydrolyzed to form a gelatinous mass. Hydrocellulose is made by cooking, beating, acid-treating or alkali-treating cellulose fibers until at least 8-12% water is absorbed into the cellulose fibers. This increases the physical strength and decreases opacity of the cellulose. Hydrated cellulose is used for making greaseproof papers, mercerized cotton and viscose rayon.

Synonyms and Related Terms

hydrated cellulose; amyloid

Hazards and Safety

Combustible.

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • The Dictionary of Paper, American Paper Institute, New York, Fourth Edition, 1980
  • E.J.LaBarre, Dictionary and Encyclopedia of Paper and Paper-making, Swets & Zeitlinger, Amsterdam, 1969
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997