Stearic acid is a type of saturated fatty acid. Its chain is 18 carbon atoms long. It is commonly found in animal fats such as tallow or butter. Its name comes from the Greek word στέαρ "stéar", which means tallow. It is the second most common saturated fat type in the United States.
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