polysorbate

[ pol-ee-sawr-beyt, -bit ]
/ ˌpɒl iˈsɔr beɪt, -bɪt /

noun

any of a class of emulsifying and dispersing agents used in various foods and pharmaceutical preparations.

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Origin of polysorbate

First recorded in 1950–55; poly- + sorbate
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Medical definitions for polysorbate

polysorbate
[ pŏl′ē-sôrbāt′ ]

n.

Any of a class of emulsifiers used in some pharmaceuticals.
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Scientific definitions for polysorbate

polysorbate
[ pŏl′ē-sôrbāt′ ]

Any of a class of emulsifiers used in food preparation and in some pharmaceuticals. Polysorbates are fatty acid esters with short polyethylene chains branching out from a central ring.
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