Stearic acid is a type of saturated fatty acid. Its chain is 18 carbon atoms long. The chemical formula of Stearic acid is C18H36O2. 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. This chemical compound is combustible and heats spontaneously. It is generally nontoxic but when inhaled can cause irritation in the throat, nose, and eyes.
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