Collodion meaning

kə-lōdē-ən
A highly flammable, colorless or yellowish syrupy solution of nitrocellulose, ether, and alcohol, used as an adhesive to close small wounds and hold surgical dressings, in topical medications, and for making photographic plates.
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A highly flammable, colorless or pale-yellow, viscous solution of pyroxylin in a mixture of alcohol and ether: it dries quickly, forming a tough, elastic film, and is used as a protective coating for wounds, in cements, etc.
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A highly flammable, colorless or yellowish syrupy solution of nitrocellulose, ether, and alcohol, used as an adhesive to close small wounds and hold surgical dressings, in topical medications, and for making photographic plates.
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A syrupy solution of pyroxylin in alcohol and ether that evaporates on a surface to form a clear elastic film; used in surgical dressings, photographic plates and lacquer paints.
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Origin of collodion

  • Variant of collodium from New Latin collōdium gluey substance from Greek kollōdēs glutinous, gluelike kolla glue -ōdēs adj. suffix (earlier having the smell of) (from ozein od- to smell)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition