Lauric acid

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A fatty acid with a 12 carbon chain. Lauric acid occurs naturally in coconut oil and laurel oil. At room temperature, lauric acid is a solid. The waxy compound is used to make alkyd resins, wetting agents, soaps, detergents, and insecticides.

Synonyms and Related Terms

dodecanoic acid; laurostearic acid; dodecoic acid

Chemical structure

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Other Properties

Soluble in benzene and ether. Slightly soluble in ethanol. Insoluble in water.

Composition CH3(CH2)10COOH
CAS 143-07-7
Melting Point 44
Density 0.869
Molecular Weight mol. wt. = 200.31
Boiling Point 160-165

Hazards and Safety

Combustible. Flash point = 112 C.

Constact may cause skin and eye irritation

Mallinckrodt Baker: MSDS

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • The Merck Index, Susan Budavari (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Whitehouse Station, NJ, 12th Edition, 1996 Comment: entry 5396
  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993