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Sorbitan sesquioleate is an additive found in food, veterinary products, and household items. Sorbitan esters being nonionic surface agents are used as excipients in veterinary medicinal products. Emollient ester of this compound offers a smooth feel 'coated' after-feel to the skin and is used in cosmetics. It acts as a emulsification and lubricating agent.
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