Definition of Stearic acid

1. Noun. A waxy saturated fatty acid; occurs widely as a glyceride in animal and vegetable fats.

Exact synonyms: Octadecanoic Acid
Generic synonyms: Saturated Fatty Acid



Definition of Stearic acid

1. Noun. (fatty acid) The most common saturated fatty acid; it is found in all animal and most vegetable oils and fats; it is used in the manufacture of soap etc. ¹

2. Noun. (fatty acid) ''octadecanoic acid'', CH3(CH2)16COOH. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Lexicographical Neighbors of Stearic Acid

steanings
steans
steapsin
steapsins
stear
stearage
stearages
stearate
stearated
stearates
steard
steare
steared
steares
stearic
stearic acid (current term)
stearidonic
stearidonic acid
stearin
stearine
stearines
stearing
stearins
stearolic
stearone
stearones
stearoptene
stearoptenes
stearoyl
stearoyls

Literary usage of Stearic acid

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Chemical Technology and Analysis of Oils, Fats and Waxes by Julius Lewkowitsch (1921)
"Far better results are obtained in many cases by treating the mixed fatty acids of an oil or fat with an alcoholic solution of pure stearic acid, ..."

2. A Dictionary of Applied Chemistry by Thomas Edward Thorpe (1921)
"... acid is converted into stearic acid (Sabatier and Mailhe. Ann. Chim. 1'hvs. [8] 4, 319). Treated with dilute solution of potassium ..."

3. A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures, and Mines by Andrew Ure (1858)
"Pure stearic acid is prepared, according to its discoverer, Chevreul, in the following way :—Make a soap, by boiling a solution of potash and mutton-suet in ..."

4. Chemical Technology and Analysis of Oils, Fats, and Waxes by Julius Lewkowitsch (1904)
"This is of importance for the quantitative determination of stearic acid (also of ... The acid is therefore much less readily soluble than stearic acid. ..."

5. Chemical Technology and Analysis of Oils, Fats, and Waxes by Julius Lewkowitsch (1904)
"This is of importance for the quantitative determination of stearic acid (also of ... The acid is therefore much less readily soluble than stearic acid. ..."

6. A Dictionary of Chemistry and the Allied Branches of Other Sciences by Henry Watts (1869)
"The above formula, first proposed by Hardwick for stearic acid separated from bassia-oil (bassic acid), then adopted by Crowder for the ..."

7. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"stearic acid is a * white crystalline solid with no taste or smell. It melts at 69.32° C. and boils at ordinary pressures ..."

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