Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)
What is it?
Glyceryl distearate (C39H76O5) is a white or off-white waxy mass or powder. It is a diester of glycerin and stearic acid and results in a mixture of mono-, di-, and triglyceride substances. Glyceryl distearate is used in cosmetic products as an emollient, thickening agent and emulsifier. It can also be used in pharmaceutical industry in tablet and cream production.
 Medicines Complete. Pharmaceutical Excipients. Polyoxylglycerides. Accessed April 16, 2012.http://www.medicinescomplete.com/mc/excipients/current/1001996701.htm?q=polyoxylglycerides&t=search&ss=text&p=1#_hit