Also called octadecanoic acid, CH3(CH2)16COOH, a white solid carboxylic acid obtained from its ester, glyceryl tristearate (tristearin), which is found in many natural fats and oils. Sodium stearate is a principal constituents of many soaps. Relative density 0.85; melting point 70° (158°F).
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