Hydroxyethyl cellulose

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Hydroxyethyl cellulose
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CAS number 9004-62-0 YesY
Molecular formula variable
Molar mass variable
Melting point 140 °C
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
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Hydroxyethyl cellulose is a gelling and thickening agent derived from cellulose. It is widely used in cosmetics, cleaning solutions, and other household products.[1] Hydroxyethyl cellulose and methyl cellulose are frequently used with hydrophobic drugs in capsule formulations, to improve the drugs' dissolution in the gastrointestinal fluids. This process is known as "Hydrophilization".[2]

Hydroxyethyl cellulose is the main ingredient in the lubricant KY Jelly. It is also a key ingredient in the formation of big bubbles as it possesses the ability to dissolve in water but also provide structural strength to the soap bubble.


  1. ^ Record in the Household Products Database of NLM
  2. ^ "Hydroxyethyl Cellulose". celluloseether.com.