Agent Name

Margaric acid

Alternative Name

Heptadecanoic acid

CAS Number

506-12-7

Formula

C17-H34-O2

Major Category

Biological Agents

Synonyms

Margarinic acid; n-Heptadecanoic acid; n-Heptadecoic acid; n-Heptadecylic acid; Heptadecanoic acid; [ChemIDplus]

Category

Fatty Acids and Fats

Description

Solid; [Merck Index]

Sources/Uses

"Heptadecanoic acid, or margaric acid, is a saturated fatty acid. Its molecular formula is CH3(CH2)15COOH. It occurs as a trace component of the fat and milkfat of ruminants, but it does not occur in any natural animal or vegetable fat at concentrations over half a percent." [Wikipedia]

Comments

Causes convulsions in intravenous lethal-dose studies of mice (LD50 = 36 mg/kg); [RTECS] A skin and strong eye irritant; [Sigma-Aldrich MSDS]

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