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English translation: Yes, "steric" and "stearic" are synonyms

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05:50 Aug 28, 2001
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Science
English term or phrase: stearic acid / steric acid
Are "stearic acid" and "steric acid" synonyms? If YES, where is which spelling used?
Sven Petersson
Sweden
Local time: 16:08
English translation:Yes, "steric" and "stearic" are synonyms
Explanation:
"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:
http://home.att.net/~numericana/answer/culture.htm

The same information can be found in Merck Index 12th edition, 1996
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Natalie
Poland
Local time: 16:08
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Summary of answers provided
naYes, "steric" and "stearic" are synonyms
Natalie
naThey are not synonims. See the links below
Francesco D'Alessandro


  

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Yes, "steric" and "stearic" are synonyms


Explanation:
"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:
http://home.att.net/~numericana/answer/culture.htm

The same information can be found in Merck Index 12th edition, 1996

Natalie
Poland
Local time: 16:08
Native speaker of: Native in RussianRussian
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Thank you very much for your well referenced answer!
Aven.
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