stearin

noun
stea·​rin | \ ˈstē-ə-rən How to pronounce stearin (audio) , ˈstir-ən How to pronounce stearin (audio) \

Definition of stearin

: an ester of glycerol and stearic acid

First Known Use of stearin

1817, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stearin

French stéarine, from Greek stear

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stearin

noun
stea·​rin | \ ˈstē-ə-rən How to pronounce stearin (audio) , ˈsti(ə)r-ən How to pronounce stearin (audio) \

Medical Definition of stearin

1 : an ester of glycerol and stearic acid C3H5(C18H35O2)3 that is a predominant constituent of many hard fats
2 also stearine \ same or ˈstē-​ə-​ˌrēn, ˈsti(ə)r-​ˌēn \ : the solid portion of a fat

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