Hydroxypropyl cellulose (cellulose, 2-hydroxypropyl ether) is a derivative of cellulose with both water solubility and organic solubility. more...
Lacrisert® is a formulation of it used for artificial tears. It is used in syndromes of insufficient tear production (keratoconjunctivitis sicca), recurrent corneal erosions, decreased corneal sensitivity, exposure and neuroparalytic keratitis, and as a lubricant for artificial eyes.
As a food additive, hydroxypropyl cellulose is used as a thickener and as an emulsion stabiliser with E number E463.
See also Carboxymethyl cellulose.
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