Curcas oil

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A yellowish drying oil extracted from the kernels of the seeds of the bush, Jatropha curcas, native to Central America. Curcas oil is used for as a lubricant, soap, cooking oil, and a local paint binder.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Jatropha curcas; aceite de jatrofa (Esp.)

Physical and Chemical Properties

  • Iodine value = 98 - 102;
  • Saponification value = 192
  • Density = 0.92 g/ml

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 161
  • Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia, Douglas M. Considine (ed.), Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1976

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