Meaning of stearic acid

stear'ic ac'id

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— Chem. Chem.
  1. a colorless, waxlike, sparingly water-soluble, odorless solid, CHO, the most common fatty acid, occurring as the glyceride in tallow and other animal fats and in some animal oils: used chiefly in the manufacture of soaps, stearates, candles, cosmetics, and in medicine in suppositories and pill coatings. Also called
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