a saturated monobasic acid with a chain length of 18 carbons
Stearic acid is a saturated monobasic acid stearate with a chain length of 18 carbons. It is synthesized by hydrolysis of animal fats or hydrogenation of cottonseed or vegetable oils. Commercial stearic acid is a mixture of stearic acid with palmitic and myristic acids. Depending on the ratio of stearic acid to palmitic acid, it can vary in structure from macrocrystalline (45:55 w/w) to...
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