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Tristearoylglycerol; the triacylglycerol of stearic acid present in solid animal fats and in some vegetable fats; source of stearic acid; commercial stearin also contains some palmitic acid.
stearin(stē′ă-rĭn) [Gr. stear, fat]
A white crystalline solid in animal and vegetable fats; C3H5(CH3(CH2)16 COOH)3; any of the esters of glycerol and stearic acid, specifically glyceryl tristearate. One of the commonest fats in the body, esp. the solid ones. It breaks down into stearic acid and glycerol.