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[stee-uh-rin, steer-in] /ˈsti ə rɪn, ˈstɪər ɪn/
Chemistry. any of the three glyceryl esters of stearic acid, especially C 3 H 5 (C 1 8 H 3 5 O 2) 3 , a soft, white, odorless solid found in many natural fats.
the crude commercial form of stearic acid, used chiefly in the manufacture of candles.
Also, stearine
[stee-er-in, -uh-reen, steer-in] /ˈsti ər ɪn, -əˌrin, ˈstɪər ɪn/ (Show IPA)
Origin of stearin
1810-20; < French stéarine < Greek stéar fat, grease + French -ine -ine2; see -in2 Unabridged
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Also called tristearin. a colourless crystalline ester of glycerol and stearic acid, present in fats and used in soap and candles; glycerol tristearate; glycerol trioctadecanoate. Formula: (C17H35COO)3C3H5
another name for stearic acid, esp a commercial grade containing other fatty acids
fat in its solid form
Word Origin
C19: from French stéarine, from Greek stear fat, tallow + -in
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Word Origin and History for stearin

white crystalline compound found in animal and vegetable fats, 1817, from French stéarine, coined by French chemist Marie-Eugène Chevreul (1786-1889) from Greek stear (genitive steatos) "tallow, fat" (see stone (n.)). Stearic acid (1831) is a partial translation of French acide stéarique.

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stearin (stē'ər-ĭn, stîr'ĭn) also stearine
  (stē'ər-ĭn, stîr'ĭn)   
  1. A colorless, odorless, tasteless ester of glycerol and stearic acid found in most animal and vegetable fats and used in the manufacture of soaps, candles, metal polishes, and adhesives.Chemical formula: C57H110O6.

  2. The solid form of fat.

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