Cetyl palmitate

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Cetyl palmitate
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Other names
Palmityl palmitate
Hexadecyl hexadecanoate
Palmitic acid palmityl ester
Palmitic acid hexadecyl ester
Palmitic acid cetyl ester
N-hexadecyl palmitate
Palmatic acid n-hexadecyl ester
540-10-3 YesY
ChEMBL ChEMBL2106073 N
ChemSpider 10427 YesY
ECHA InfoCard 100.007.943
Appearance colourless wax
Melting point 54 °C (129 °F; 327 K)[1]
Except where otherwise noted, 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. This white waxy solid is the primary constituent of spermaceti, the once highly prized wax found in the skull of sperm whales.[2] Cetyl palmitate is a component of some solid lipid nanoparticles.

Stony corals, which build the coral reefs, contain large amounts of cetyl palmitate wax in their tissues, which may function in part as an antifeedant.[3]


  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
  3. ^ Dobretsov, S.; Al-Wahaibi, A. S. M.; Lai, D.; Al-Sabahi, J.; Claereboudt, M.; Proksch, P.; Soussi, B., "Inhibition of Bacterial Fouling by Soft Coral Natural Products", International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation 2015, volume 98, 53-58. doi:10.1016/j.ibiod.2014.10.019