A naturally, occurring bile acid. Deoxycholic acid has been used as a natural cleaner because it attaches readily to fatty acids, thereby increasing the solubility of many oils and greases in alcohol and acetone.
Synonyms and Related Terms
desocholic acid; (3 alpha,5 beta,12 alpha)-3,12-dihydroxy-5-cholan-24-oic acid
Soluble in acetone, alcohols and alkalis. Partially soluble in chloroform and ether. Insoluble in water and benzene.
|Molecular Weight||mol. wt. = 392.57|
Hazards and Safety
Harmful if swallowed or inhaled. Contact may cause irritation.
Fisher Scientific: MSDS
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
- Richard C. Wolbers, Nanette T. Sterman, Chris Stavroudis, Notes for Workshop on New Methods in the Cleaning of Paintings, J.Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles, 1990
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- Teri Hensick, contributed information, 1998
- Gordon Hanlon, contributed information, 1998