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Stearic Acid

STEARIC ACID, w-Octodecylic acid CH 3 (CH 2 ) 16 C02H, an organic acid found as its glyceride stearin, mixed with palmitin and olein, in most tallows (hence its name, from Gr. ariap, tallow). The so-called " stearin " of candles is a mixture of stearic and palmitic acids (see CANDLE).

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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