Block, Ira Department of Textiles-Consumer Economics, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland.
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- Polymer characteristics
- Fiber production
- Filament drawing
- Cellulosic fibers
- Acetate and triacetate
- Synthetic fibers
- Related Primary Literature
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Any of a number of textile fibers produced from chemical substances of natural or synthetic origin; the latter are also known as synthetic fibers. Among the natural sources of manufactured fibers are plant cellulose and protein, rubber, metals, and nonmetallic inorganics. The synthetic fibers are produced from organic intermediates derived from petroleum. See also: Textile
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