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|English term or phrase: stearic acid / steric acid|
|Are "stearic acid" and "steric acid" synonyms? If YES, where is which spelling used?|
|English translation:Yes, "steric" and "stearic" are synonyms|
"Steric" and "stearic" are synonyms, just as several other names used for straight counting of C-atoms in organic molecules:
if the molecule of an acid contains 18 carbon atoms, it may be called as follows:
octadecanoic = octadecoic = octadecylic =cetylacetic = steric = stearic acid
"STEARIC ACID" should be used as a standard name, while all other names are
synonyms (formal, practical, common etc)
You can find this useful information here:
The same information can be found in Merck Index 12th edition, 1996
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