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626. Sevum.—Suet. Mutton Suet.

Botanical name:

The internal fat of the abdomen of O'vis a'ries (Fam. Bovidae), purified by melting and straining. Suet should be kept in well-closed vessels impervious to fat. It should not be used after it has become rancid.

DESCRIPTION.—White, unctuous, smooth solid, melting at about 48°C. (113°F.). Sevum Praeparatum (U.S.) is identical with suet as above described.

CONSTITUENTS.—Stearin, palmitin, and olein, with a preponderance of the first mentioned.

USES.—Lenitive, as an external application and as a base for unctuous preparations.

A Manual of Organic Materia Medica and Pharmacognosy, 1917, was written by Lucius E. Sayre, B.S. Ph. M.

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