(organic chemistry) Of or relating to stearic acid or its derivatives.
Origin of stearic
French stéariquefrom Greek steartallowstāi- in Indo-European roots
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Ancient Greek ÏƒÏ„ÎÎ±Ï (stear, “tallow").
Stearic Sentence Examples
The so-called "stearin" of candles is a mixture of stearic and palmitic acids.
These enabled him to elucidate the true nature of soap; he was also able to discover the composition of stearin and olein, and to isolate stearic and oleic acids, the names of which were invented by him.