stearo-


stearo-
a combining form borrowed from Greek, where it meant "fat", used with this meaning, and with reference to stearic acid and its related compounds, in the formation of compound words: stearoptene; stearoyl.
Also, esp. before a vowel, stear-.
[comb. form repr. Gk stéar fat, grease; cf. STEATO-]

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