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Stearin meaning

stearin - 1 dictionary results

  1. 1. One of the constituents of animal fats and also of some vegetable fats, as the butter of cacao. It is especially characterized by its solidity, so that when present in considerable quantity it materially increases the hardness, or raises the melting point, of the fat, as in mutton tallow. Chemically, it is a compound of glyceryl with three molecules of stearic acid, and hence is technically called tristearin, or glyceryl tristearate.

stearin - examples of usage

  1. If left for some time, it deposits an abundance of stearin. - "The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines", T. H. Pardo de Tavera.
  2. Beef fat, suet, is washed in water, ground to a pulp, and partially melted and strained, the stearin is separated from the filtered liquid and made into soap, and an oily liquid is left. - "An Introduction to Chemical Science", R.P. Williams.
  3. The candle I have in my hand is a stearin candle, made of stearin from tallow in the way I have told you. - "The Chemical History Of A Candle", Michael Faraday.
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