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a saturated fatty acid from animal and vegetable fats, used as a tablet and capsule lubricant and as an emulsifying and solubilizing agent.
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ste·ar·ic ac·id(stē'ă-rik as'id),
A saturated 18-carbon fatty acid, one of the most abundant found in animal lipids; used in pharmaceutical preparations, ointments, soaps, and suppositories.
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A colorless, odorless, waxlike, saturated fatty acid, C18H36O2, occurring in natural animal and vegetable fats and used in making soaps, candles, lubricants, and other products.
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ste·ar·ic ac·id(stē'ă-rik as'id)
One of the most abundant acids found in animal lipids; used in pharmaceutical preparations, ointments, soaps, and suppositories.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
stearic acida saturated fatty acid having 18 carbon atoms, which occurs in animal fat.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005