Meaning of zinc stearate

zinc' ste'arate

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— Chem. Chem.
  1. a white, fine, soft, water-insoluble powder, Zn(CHO), used in the manufacture of cosmetics, ointments, and lacquers, as a drying agent for rubber, and as a waterproofing agent for textiles, paper, etc.
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