stearic acid

noun
stea·​ric acid | \stē-ˈer-ik-, 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

First Known Use of stearic acid

1830, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stearic acid

French stéarique, from Greek stear hard fat

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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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