methylcellulose

A methyl ester of cellulose that forms a colorless viscous liquid when dissolved in water, alcohol, or ether; used to increase bulk of the intestinal contents, to relieve constipation, or of the gastric contents, to reduce appetite in obesity; also used dissolved in water as a spray to cover burned areas and as a suspending agent in pharmaceuticals and foods.

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meth·yl·cel·lu·lose .meth-əl-'sel-yə-.lōs, -.lōz n any of various gummy products of cellulose methylation that swell in water and are used esp. as emulsifiers, adhesives, thickeners, and bulk laxatives

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n.
a compound that absorbs water and is used as a bulk laxative to treat constipation, to control diarrhoea, and in patients with a colostomy. It is administered by mouth and usually has no side-effects. Trade name: Celevac.

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meth·yl·cel·lu·lose (meth″əl-selґu-lōs) [USP] a methyl ether of cellulose, supplied in differing degrees of viscosity; used as a suspending and viscosity-increasing agent and tablet excipient in pharmaceutical preparations, administered orally as a laxative, and applied topically to the conjunctiva to protect the cornea during certain ophthalmic procedures and to lubricate the cornea.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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