[ stee-uh-rin, steer-in ]
/ ˈsti ə rɪn, ˈstɪər ɪn /


Chemistry. any of the three glyceryl esters of stearic acid, especially C3H5(C18H35O2)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 ste·a·rine [stee-er-in, -uh-reen, steer-in] /ˈsti ər ɪn, -əˌrin, ˈstɪər ɪn/.

Origin of stearin

1810–20; < French stéarine < Greek stéar fat, grease + French -ine -ine2; see -in2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for stearine



/ (ˈstɪərɪn) /


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: (C 17 H 35 COO) 3 C 3 H 5
another name for stearic acid, esp a commercial grade containing other fatty acids
fat in its solid form

Word Origin for stearin

C19: from French stéarine, from Greek stear fat, tallow + -in
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Science definitions for stearine

[ stēər-ĭn, stîrĭn ]

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.
The solid form of fat.
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