polyoxyl stearate


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polyoxyl stearate

(pŏl″ē-ŏks′ĭl)
Any of several polyoxyethylene stearates. They have varying lengths of the polymer chain (e.g., polyoxyl 8 stearate and polyoxyl 40 stearate have polymer lengths of 8 and 40, respectively). They are nonionic surface-active agents that are useful emulsifiers.