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Glyceryl Distearate

Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Dec 11, 2018.

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.[1]

[1] Medicines Complete. Pharmaceutical Excipients. Polyoxylglycerides. Accessed April 16, 2012.

Further information

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