[ pŏl′ē-ĕs′tər ]
A complex synthetic compound of sucrose and fatty acids that the body is unable to digest or absorb, produced commercially as a partial substitute for fats in cooking oils, shortening, butter, and other high-calorie or high-cholesterol foods.
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