sorbitan

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sor·bi·tan

(sōr'bi-tan),
Sorbitol or sorbose and related compounds in ester combination with fatty acids and with short oligo (ethylene oxide) side chains and an oleate terminus to form detergents such as polysorbate 80.

sorbitan

/sor·bi·tan/ (sor´bĭ-tan) any of the anhydrides of sorbitol, the fatty acids of which are surfactants used as emulsifiers in pharmaceutical preparations; see also polysorbate 80.