steato-, steat- +

(Greek: fat; suet, tallow)

steatite (s) (noun), steatites (pl)
In minerology, a large rock consisting mostly of talc: Steatite is referred to as soapstone, potstone, or lard stone and has a greyish green or brown color.

Steatite is a mineral talc of hydrated magnesium silicate and occurs in a consolidated form.

Because steatite seems to be very heat tolerant, it is used for a variety of products, like fireplace hearths, tabletops, or ornaments. Further it has a soft soapy feel and is even in talcum powder.

steatitis (s) (noun) (no pl)
Inflammation of adipose (fat) tissue: Steatitis occurs in the fat tissue in certain animals, such as swine, horses, cats, and chickens.

Steatitis is one of the manifestations of vitamin E-selenium deficiency disease in these animals. It is said to be caused by feeding diets consisting of too much unsaturated fatty acid and not enough vitamin E.

"Yellow fat disease" is the more popular name for this illness.

steatocele (s) (noun) (no pl)
In pathology, a fatty mass formed within the scrotum: Dr. Johnson told Tom the result of his examination, and said that it was a condition of steatocele, and the fleshy tumor should be surgically removed.
steatocryptosis (s) (noun) (no pl)
Any illness of the sebaceous glands; stearodermia: Steatocryptosis, a disease affecting the skin, relates to, or produces, a waxy yellowish body secretion.
steatocystoma (s) (noun), steatocystomas; steatocystomata (pl)
A cyst of the skin arising from the sebaceous (fatty, greasy, or oily) gland apparatus: A steatocystoma is a cyst which is filled with a fatty substance and which is quite common.

A steatocystoma develops when a sebaceous gland has been blocked.

steatogenous (noun) (no pl)
Regarding the production of fat; referring to the origin of steatosis; lipogenic: Steatogenous processes can occur by an infiltration of fat in the cells of the liver which are caused by a disturbance of the metabolism, as it is with alcoholism, for example.
steatohepatitis (s) (noun) (no pl)
In pathology, a fatty liver disease: Steatohepatitis is an illness characterized by an inflammation of the liver with an accumulation of fat content.

There are two kinds of steatohepatitis, one of which is a non-alcoholic fatty liver which includes diabetes, obesity, and a metabolic syndrome. The other type is the alcoholic-related fatty liver illness.

steatolysis (s) (noun), steatolyses (pl)
The process of digestion; the breaking down of fat in the body: Steatolysis is the conversion of neutral fats, which are emulsified and then hydrolysed, into fatty acids and glycerine.
steatolytic (adjective) (not comparable)
Concerning steatolysis: The steatolytic process of digestion, or the breaking down of fat, takes place before absorption and assimilation in the body.
steatoma (s) (noun), steatomas; steatomata (pl)
A lipom: A steatoma can be a cyst which contains a substance like a hard white fat, or it can be a benign fatty tumor comprising mature fat cells.

Steatoma is a fatty mass retained within a sebaceous gland.

steatomery (s) (noun), steatomeries (pl)
A deposit of fat on the outer sides of the thighs and gluteus maximus: Susan wasn't satisfied with her figure, so she asked her dermatologist if something could be done about the steatomery part of her legs and bottom.
steatonecrosis (s) (noun) (no pl)
In pathology, fat necrosis: Steatonecrosis, or the death of cells, can be brought on by injury, disease or through the stoppage of the supply of blood.
steatopathy (s) (noun), steatopathies (pl)
Any disease of the sebaceous glands: Nancy observed a visible change on her skin and Dr. Martin said that she had a condition of steatopathy which should be treated right away.
steatopyga (s) (noun) (no pl)
An excessive accumulation of fat on the buttocks: In anthropology, steatopyga is a condition in certain populations in which individuals have broad masses of fat protruding from the buttocks and thighs with an additional slant to the sacrum, often noted among women of the Bushmen and Hottentot groups of Africa. It is considered to be a sign of beauty.
4. Etymology: from Greek steat, "solid fat" + Greek puge,"buttocks".
steatopygian (adjective) (not comparable)
Descriptive of a large amount of fat on the buttocks: A steatopygian bulge on a person's bottom is due to an abnormal accumulation of fat in and behind the hips and thighs and is a racial characteristic of certain groups of people, especially of the Hottentots and Bushmen of South Africa.

Such steatopygian prominences are found more markedly in women than in men.

Related fat-word units: adipo-; lard; lipo-; obeso-; oleo-; omento-; pimelo-; pio-; sebo-.