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soap

Pronunciation: sop

Definition: The sodium or potassium salts of long-chain fatty acids (sodium stearate); used as an emulsifier for cleansing purposes and as an excipient in the making of pills and suppositories.

[A.S. sape, L. sapo, G. sapon]

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