A bitter-tasting bile acid. Cholic acid is obtained naturally from ox bile extracts and commercially from cholesterol. It is used as a natural sequestrant and detergent. Bile acid can neutralize pH and solubilize many inorganic salts. The sodium salt of cholic acid is the primary component in oxgall.
Synonyms and Related Terms
bile acid; ox gall; ox bile extract
Soluble in acetic acid, acetone and ethanol. Slightly soluble in chloroform. Insoluble in water and benzene.
|Molecular Weight||mol. wt. = 408.57|
Hazards and Safety
Fisher Scientific: MSDS
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