Definition of Stearin

1. Noun. An ester of glycerol and stearic acid.

Generic synonyms: Glyceryl Ester
Derivative terms: Stearic



Definition of Stearin

1. n. 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.

Definition of Stearin

1. Noun. Solid fat ¹

2. Noun. (organic chemistry) The triglyceride of stearic acid ¹

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Definition of Stearin

1. the solid portion of a fat [n -S] : STEARIC [adj]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Stearin

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

Literary usage of Stearin

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

1. Report of the Secretary of Agriculture by United States Dept. of Agriculture (1892)
"When stearin is in excess in one of these compounds it appears in very bright, ... All fictitious lards abound in stearin. On being highly heated, ..."

2. A Dictionary of Chemistry: On the Basis of Mr. Nicholson's, in which the ...by Andrew Ure, William Nicholson by Andrew Ure, William Nicholson (1821)
"Of the stearin of the hog, 18.23 Of the stearin of the goose, 36.00 Saponification by potash. The human stearin j Saponified fat, ..."

3. Elements of Chemistry: Theoretical and Practical by William Allen Miller (1867)
"The most important of these neutral fats are stearin, palmitin, margarin, ... Nearly the whole of the stearin separates from these liquids as they cool. ..."

4. American Druggist (1889)
"On the Testing of Lard for Cotton-Seed Oil and Beef stearin. As much attention has recently been drawn to the prevalence of lard adulteration, ..."

5. A Dictionary of Chemistry and the Allied Branches of Other Sciences by Henry Watts (1869)
"stearin mixed with pancreatic juice yields an emulsion in which the whole of the stearin is resolved into stearic acid and glycerin, on standing for a day ..."

6. A Text-book of the Physiological Chemistry of the Animal Body: Including an by Arthur Gamgee (1880)
"Thus when stearin, palmitin or olein is boiled with potash hydrate or with sodium hydrate, the results of the operation are, in the first case, ..."

7. A Text-book of the Physiological Chemistry of the Animal Body: Including an by Arthur Gamgee (1880)
"Thus when stearin, palmitin or olein is boiled with potash hydrate or with sodium hydrate, ... stearin is the chief constituent of the more solid fats. ..."

8. A Manual of elementary chemistry by George Fownes (1866)
"When stearin, margarin, and olein ar« boiled with a strong solution of caustic ... Pure animal stearin is most easily obtained by mixing pure mutton-fat, ..."

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