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A strong, transparent, flexible thin film of Regenerated cellulose. The term 'Cellophane' was originally a trademark for a product patented in 1908 by J.Brandenberger. Now the term is used generically for cellulose films produced from wood pulp by the viscose process. Cellophane is resistant to grease and oils, accepts dyes well and does not accumulate static electricity. The transparent film is made moisture proof by passing the extruded sheet through a dilute lacquer bath. Early applications for cellophane included use as a moisture proof wrapping for food. Currently, cellophane is used primarily for decorative packaging, fringes, and lacings.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Francephane; viscose; celofán (Esp.); cellophane (Fr.); celofana (Port.); Cellophane® [Innovia Films]


Flammable. Poor barrier film for gases and water vapor.

Resources and Citations

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