(Ste"a*rin) n. [Gr. tallow, suet: cf. F. stéarine.] (Physiol. Chem.) 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.
(Ste`a*rol"ic) a. [Stearic + oleic + -ic.] (Chem.) Of, pertaining to, or designating, an acid of
the acetylene series, isologous with stearis acid, and obtained, as a white crystalline substance, from
(Ste"a*rone) n. (Chem.) The ketone of stearic acid, obtained as a white crystalline substance,
(C17H35)2.CO, by the distillation of calcium stearate.
(Ste`a*rop"tene) n. [Stearic + -optene as in elæoptene.] (Chem.) The more solid ingredient
of certain volatile oils; contrasted with elæoptene.
(||Ste`ar*rhe"a) n. [NL., from Gr. tallow + to flow.] (Med.) seborrhea.
(Ste"a*ryl) n. [Stearic + - yl.] (Chem.) The hypothetical radical characteristic of stearic acid.
(Ste"a*tite) n. [Gr. fat, tallow: cf. F. stéatite.] (Min.) A massive variety of talc, of a grayish green
or brown color. It forms extensive beds, and is quarried for fireplaces and for coarse utensils. Called
also potstone, lard stone, and soapstone.
(Ste`a*tit"ic) n. (Min.) Pertaining to, or of the nature of, steatite; containing or resembling steatite.
(||Ste`a*to"ma) n. [L., fr. Gr. fr. to turn into tallow or suet, fr. fat, suet.] (Med.) A cyst containing
matter like suet.
(Ste`a*tom"a*tous) a. (Med.) Of the nature of steatoma.