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noun Chemistry.
  1. the oxygenated solid part of an essential oil (opposed to eleoptene).
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Origin of stearoptene

1830–40; stearo- + -ptene < Greek ptēnós winged, volatile; cf. eleoptene
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Historical Examples of stearoptene

  • When hard spring water is employed, the otto is rich in stearoptene, but less transparent and fragrant.

    Scientific American Supplement No. 275


  • The solid crystalline matter which separates from them when kept in closed vessels is stearoptene.

British Dictionary definitions for stearoptene


  1. the part of an essential oil that separates out as a solid on cooling or standing
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Word Origin for stearoptene

C19: from New Latin stearoptenum, from Greek stear fat + -ptenum, from ptēnos winged (volatile)
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