Halibut liver oil

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Large halibut


A yellowish oil obtained from boiling and pressing halibut livers. Halibut liver oil smells and tastes fishy, but is an important source of vitamins A and D. This nondrying oil has been used for dressing leather. Halibuts are found in the northern Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

Synonyms and Related Terms

haliver oil; aceite de hgado de mero (Esp.)

Other Properties

Soluble in ether, ethanol, chloroform and carbon disulfide.Insoluble in water.Saponification number = 170-180; Iodine number = 120-136.

Density 0.92-0.93

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Thomas Gregory, Thomas Gregory, The Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Reinhold Publishing, New York, 3rd ed., 1942
  • The Merck Index, Martha Windholz (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Rahway NJ, 10th edition, 1983 Comment: entry 4623

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