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Meaning of xiloidina

Danilo Enrique Noreña Benítez


It is a substance that is also known as pyroxyl, but is better known as fulminant cotton or powder cotton. It was a powerful explosive in the 19th century. It is a rough cotton, very explosive and flammable. Currently used as a basis for the manufacture of collodion (used in photography).


John Rene Plaut

XILOIDINA or PIROXILO is a powerful explosive developed in 1832 by the French chemist Henri Braconnot, who named it xyloidine. It is manufactured with nitric acid and cellulose. In 1845, it was proposed by the chemist Christian Schonbein as war gunpowder. It is currently used as a base agent for the manufacture of collodion, used in the revealing of photographs. Detonates at 170oC.





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