oxidized cellulose


oxidized cellulose
oxidized cellulose n an acid degradation product of cellulose that is usu. obtained by oxidizing cotton or gauze with nitrogen dioxide, is a useful hemostatic (as in surgery), and is absorbed by body fluids (as when used to pack wounds)

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[USP] cellulose partially oxidized and with a varying content of carboxylic acid groups, which confers some solubility in dilute alkali; it is insoluble in water. Dried in a vacuum over phosphorus pentoxide, it is used as a local hemostatic. Called also absorbable c. and absorbable cotton.

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