n-Pentadecanoic acid; Pentadecylic acid
3D model (Jmol)
|Molar mass||242.40 g·mol−1|
|Melting point||51 to 53 °C (124 to 127 °F; 324 to 326 K)|
|Boiling point||257 °C (495 °F; 530 K) (100 mmHg)|
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
Pentadecanoic acid is a saturated fatty acid. Its molecular formula is CH3(CH2)13COOH. It is rare in nature, being found at the level of 1.2% in the milk fat from cows. The butterfat in cows milk is its major dietary source and it is used as a marker for butterfat consumption. Pentadecanoic acid also occurs in hydrogenated mutton fat.
Pentadecanoic acid may decrease mother-to-child transmission of HIV through breastfeeding.
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