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
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. It is the primary constituent of spermaceti, the wax found in the skull of sperm whales.[2]

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


  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