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a product of the action of a mixture of nitric and sulfuric acids on cotton; used to make collodion.


Consists chiefly of cellulose tetranitrate, obtained by the action of nitric and sulfuric acids on cotton; used in the preparation of collodion.
[pyro- + G. xylon, wood]
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Storing, packing, pressing, cleaning, preparing or manufacturing by and process whatever blasting power, ammunition fire-works, gun powder, sulphur, mercury, gases, gun cotton, saltpeter, nitrocompounds, nitromixtures, phosphorous or dynamite.