Hartshorn oil

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A dark brown liquid obtained from the destructive distillation of bone. Hartshorn oil smells of ammonia and pyridine. This is also an unwanted byproduct obtained from overheating bone glue.

Synonyms and Related Terms

animal oil; Dippel's oil; bone oil

Other Properties

Soluble in water.

CAS 8001-85-2
Density 0.90-0.98

Hazards and Safety

Evolves toxic ammonium cyanide when heated to 180C. Combustible.

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Thomas Gregory, The Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Reinhold Publishing, New York, 3rd ed., 1942