collodion (plural collodions)

  1. 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.
    • 1993, Rikki Ducornet, The Jade Cabinet, Dalkey Archive Press, p. 14:
      The mysterious odour of collodion permeates these memories.

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