[ pol-ee-sawr-beyt, -bit ]

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

Origin of polysorbate

First recorded in 1950–55; poly- + sorbate

Words Nearby polysorbate

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Scientific definitions for polysorbate


[ pŏl′ē-sôrbāt′ ]

  1. 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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