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stearic acid

noun stea·ric acid \stē-ˈa-rik-, ˈstir-ik-\

Definition of STEARIC ACID

:  a white crystalline fatty acid C18H36O2 obtained by saponifying tallow or other hard fats containing stearin; also :  a commercial mixture of stearic and palmitic acids

Origin of STEARIC ACID

French stéarique, from Greek stear hard fat
First Known Use: 1830
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stearic acid

noun stea·ric acid \stē-ˌar-ik-, ˌsti(ə)r-ik-\

Medical Definition of STEARIC ACID

:  a white crystalline fatty acid C18H36O2 obtained by saponifying tallow or other hard fats containing stearin; also :  a commercial mixture of stearic and palmitic acids

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