Cetyl palmitate

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Cetyl palmitate
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Identifiers
CAS number 540-10-3 YesY
ChemSpider 10427 YesY
ChEBI CHEBI:75584 N
ChEMBL CHEMBL2106073 N
Properties
Molecular formula C32H64O2
Appearance colourless wax
Melting point 54 °C (129 °F; 327 K)[1]
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
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Infobox references

Cetyl palmitate is the ester derived from palmitic acid and cetyl alcohol. It is the primary constituent of spermaceti, the wax found in the skull of sperm whales.[2]

Stony corals, which build the coral reefs, evolved with large amounts of cetyl palmitate wax in their tissues. Most predators find this wax indigestible.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.sciencelab.com/msds.php?msdsId=9923365
  2. ^ Wilhelm Riemenschneider and Hermann M. Bolt "Esters, Organic" Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry, 2005, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim. doi:10.1002/14356007.a09_565.pub2