stearin stēr´ĭn [key], fat that is the triglyceride of stearic acid, CH 3(CH 2) 16CO 2H, i.e., the tristearate ester of glycerol. It is a white crystalline solid at ordinary temperatures and is insoluble in water and very slightly soluble in alcohol. It is found (often mixed with palmitin ) in many hard fats and oils, e.g., in tallow, suet, butterfat, cottonseed oil, and olive oil. It is used in making soap and candles.
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