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White, translucent lumps with a camphor-like odor. Borneol is obtained from the trunk of a tree, Dryobalanops aromatica, native to Sumatra and Borneo. Borneol is used in the manufacture of synthetic Camphor and Celluloid.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Borneo spirit; Borneo camphor; bornyl alcohol; 2-bornanol; 2-camphanol


  • Flammable solid. Flash point = 65 C (149 F)
  • Ingestion, inhalation and contact cause irritation.
  • Fisher Scientific: MSDS

Physical and Chemical Properties

Soluble in ethanol, ether. Insoluble in water.

Composition C10H17OH
CAS 507-70-0
Melting Point 208 C
Density 1.011 g/ml
Molecular Weight mol. wt.=154.25
Boiling Point 212 C

Resources and Citations

  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The Merck Index, Martha Windholz (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Rahway NJ, 10th edition, 1983 Comment: entry 1366
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998