stea·​rate ˈstē-ə-ˌrāt How to pronounce stearate (audio)
: a salt or ester of stearic acid

Examples of stearate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Culturelle Daily Probiotic,Digestive Health Capsules The Culturelle probiotic is made up of Lactobacillus GG, Inulin, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, sucrose maltodextrin, sodium ascorbate, magnesium stearate, silicon dioxide and titanium dioxide. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 6 Jan. 2024 Some common medication ingredients made from mammals include gelatin, magnesium stearate, and lactose. Hilary Tetenbaum, USA TODAY, 22 Aug. 2023 Few people react to pills, but medicines or vaccines that contain gelatin, glycerin, magnesium stearate or bovine extract can cause trouble for highly sensitive individuals. Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon, oregonlive, 21 Aug. 2023 The formula also includes hydroxypropyl beta cyclodextrin, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, phosphatidylcholine 75%, phytosterols, silica, FD&C Blue #2, and FD&C Red #40 to ensure optimal performance. 4. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 30 June 2023 Some common topical skin treatment agents can be particularly irritating for people with eczema, from fragrance oils to alcohol stearate. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 22 July 2022 Gorilla Mode also includes other ingredients like Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Bioperine, and magnesium stearate. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 17 Oct. 2022 Other common additive ingredients include magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, cinnamon, turmeric, milk thistle, and more. Dallas News, 17 Oct. 2022 Other ingredients like gelatin (for the capsule), magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, rice flour, and silicon dioxide (as commonly used fillers and binders). Mark Jackson, Discover Magazine, 13 May 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stearate was in 1839

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Cite this Entry

“Stearate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


: a salt or ester of stearic acid
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