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a combining form borrowed from Greek, where it meant “fat”, used with this meaning, and with reference to stearic acid and its related compounds, in the formation of compound words: stearoptene; stearoyl.

Nearby words

stearic, stearic acid, stearin, stearine, stearns alcoholic amentia, stearo-, stearoptene, steatite, steatitis, steato-, steatocystoma
Also especially before a vowel, stear-.

Origin of stearo-

combining form representing Greek stéar fat, grease; cf. steato- Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for stearo-



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