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trans-Nerolidol (top) and cis-Nerolidol (bottom)[1]
IUPAC name
Other names
7212-44-4 (unspecified) YesY
3790-78-1 (cis) N
40716-66-3 (trans) N
ChemSpider 8549 (unspecified) N
4478283 (cis) N
4447568 (trans) N
Jmol 3D model (unspecified): Interactive image
(cis): Interactive image
(trans): Interactive image
PubChem 8888 (unspecified)
5320128 (cis)
5284507 (trans)
Molar mass 222.37 g/mol
Density 0.872 g/cm3
Boiling point 122 °C (252 °F; 395 K) at 3 mmHg
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
N verify (what is YesYN ?)
Infobox references

Nerolidol, also known as peruviol, is a naturally occurring sesquiterpene found in the essential oils of many types of plants and flowers.[1] There are two isomers of nerolidol, cis and trans, which differ in the geometry about the central double bond. Nerolidol is present in neroli, ginger, jasmine, lavender, tea tree, Cannabis sativa, and lemon grass, and is a dominant scent compound in Brassavola nodosa.[2] The aroma of nerolidol is woody and reminiscent of fresh bark. It is used as a flavoring agent and in perfumery. It is also currently under testing as a skin penetration enhancer for the transdermal delivery of therapeutic drugs.[3]

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  1. ^ a b Merck Index, 11th Edition, 6388.
  2. ^ Kaiser, Roman (1993). The Scent of Orchids. Elsevier. pp. 58, 199–200. ISBN 0-444-89841-7. 
  3. ^ K. Moser et al. European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics 52 (2001) 103-112 doi:10.1016/S0939-6411(01)00166-7