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polysorbate ‎(plural polysorbates)

  1. (chemistry) any of a class of emulsifiers used as food additives and in pharmaceutical preparations; they are derived from sorbitan (typically with three polyoxyethylene side-chains) esterified with a fatty acid; they are mostly oily liquids, or soft solids

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  • Individual members of this class are identified with an arbitrary numerical suffix

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