stearic acid

noun Chemistry.
  1. a colorless, waxlike, sparingly water-soluble, odorless solid, C18H36O2, 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.

Origin of stearic acid

First recorded in 1825–35
Also called octadecanoic acid.
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British Dictionary definitions for stearic acid

stearic acid

noun
  1. a colourless odourless insoluble waxy carboxylic acid used for making candles and suppositories; octadecanoic acid. Formula: CH 3 (CH 2) 16 COOHSee also stearin (def. 2)
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stearic acid in Medicine

stearic acid

[stē-ărĭk, stîrĭk]
n.
  1. A colorless, odorless, waxlike fatty acid occurring naturally in animal and vegetable fats and used in pharmaceutical preparations, ointments, soaps, and suppositories.
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stearic acid in Science

stearic acid

[stē-ărĭk, stîrĭk]
  1. A colorless, odorless, waxlike fatty acid occurring in animal and vegetable fats and used in making soaps, candles, lubricants, and other products. Chemical formula: C18H36O2.
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