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Methyl cellulose is used as a thickener and emulsifier in various food and cosmetic products like hair shampoos, toothpastes and liquid soaps. It is used in the preparation of capsules in nutritional supplements. It is also used as a gel in advanced cookery and as a lubricant. It is also involved in the treatment of constipation. It acts as a buffer additive in capillary electrophoresis to control electoosmotic flow for improved separations. Further, it is used as a performance additive in construction materials and as sizing in the production of papers and textiles.
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