Agent Name

Arachidic acid

Alternative Name

Eicosanoic acid

CAS Number

506-30-9

Formula

C20-H40-O2

Major Category

Biological Agents

Synonyms

Arachic acid; Icosanoic acid; n-Eicosanoic acid; Eicosanoic acid; [ChemIDplus]

Category

Fatty Acids and Fats

Description

Solid; [Merck Index] White crystalline flakes; [Alfa Aesar MSDS]

Sources/Uses

Fatty acid present in peanut oil, vegetable oil, fish oil, etc.; [Merck Index] "Arachidic acid, also called eicosanoic acid, is the saturated fatty acid with a 20 carbon chain. It is as a minor constituent of peanut oil (1.1%1.7%) and corn oil (3%)." [Wikipedia]

Comments

n-Alkyl carboxylic acids: Category members demonstrate low acute oral, dermal, and inhalation toxicity; Low potential to cause skin sensitization; Low repeated-dose toxicity; Low or no reproductive or developmental toxicity; [EPA ChAMP: Hazard Characterization] A skin and strong eye irritant; [Alfa Aesar MSDS]

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