a combining form borrowed from Greek, where it meant “fat”, used with this meaning, and with reference to stearic acid and its related compounds, in the formation of compound words:
stearo- or stear-
noun, Chemistry. 1. the oxygenated solid part of an essential oil (opposed to eleoptene). noun 1. the part of an essential oil that separates out as a solid on cooling or standing
1. a combining form meaning “fat,” “tallow”; used in the formation of compound words: steatopygia. combining form 1. denoting fat steato- or steat- pref. Fat: steatolytic.
noun 1. soapstone. noun 1. another name for soapstone
steatitis ste·a·ti·tis (stē’ə-tī’tĭs) n. An inflammation of adipose tissue.