<physiology> Pertaining to, or obtained from, stearin or tallow; resembling tallow.

<chemistry> Stearic acid, a monobasic fatty acid, obtained in the form of white crystalline scales, soluble in alcohol and ether. It melts to an oily liquid at 69 deg C.

Origin: Cf. F. Stearique.

(01 Mar 1998)

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