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Sorbitan monolaurate

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1,4-Anhydro-D-glucitol, 6-dodecanoate; Anhydrosorbitol monolaurate; Sorbitan laurate; Alkamuls S 20; Alkamuls SML; Arlacel 20; Arlacel-20; Armotan ML; Atmer 100; Dehymuls SML; Disponil SML 100; Emasol 110; Emasol L 10; Emasol L 10(F); Emasol Super L 10(F); Emsorb 2515; Glycomul L; Glycomul LC; Ionet S 20; Kemotan S 20; L 250; L 250 (ester); Laurate de sorbitan [INN-French]; Laurato de sorbitano [INN-Spanish]; Lauric acid sorbitan ester; Lonzest SML; ML 33F; Montane 20; Nissan Nonion LP 20R; Nonion LP 20R; Nonion LR 20R; NRF 201; Radiasurf 7125; Rheodol SP-L 10; Rheodol Super SP-L 10; Sorbitan lauric acid monoester; Sorbitan monolaurate. (Compound usually contains also associated fatty acids.); Sorbitan, monododecanoate; Sorbitani lauras [INN-Latin]; Sorbon S 20; Sorgen 90; SP-L 10; Span 20; Texnol SPT; Value SP 20; Sorbitan, esters, monododecanoate; Sorbitan, monolaurate; [ChemIDplus] Ablunol S-20; Ahco 759; Amisol 4135; Crill 1; D-Glucitol, 1,4-Anhydro-, 6-Dodecanoate; D-Glucitol, 1-4-Anhydro-,6-Dodecanoate; Drewmulse SML; Durtan 20; Emasol Super L 10F; Ethylan GL20; Extan-LT; GRILLOSAN 20; Hodag SML; Ionet S-20; Ixolene 2; Kemester S20; Kuplur SML; Liposorb L; Newcol 20; Nikkol SL-10; Nissan Nonion LP-20*R,LP-20*RS; Protachem SML; Prote-sorb SML; Radiamuls 125; Radiamuls SORB 2125; S-Maz 20; Secoster KL 10; Soprofor S/20; Sorbax SML; Sorbitan ML; Sorbitan monododecanoate; SORBITAN MONODODECANOATE; Sorbitan monolauric acid ester; Sorbitanmonolaurat; Sorbon S-20; T 20; Tego-Pearl S-33; Witconol 2515; [IUCLID]




Yellow oily liquid; [Merck Index] Amber viscous liquid, cream to tan beads or flakes, or hard waxy solid; [JECFA] Solid; [Sigma-Aldrich MSDS]


Used as an emulsifier-stabilizer-thickener (foods, cosmetics, and medicinal products) and a fiber lubricant and softener in the textile industry; [Merck Index] Used in the chemical, polymers, textile processing, personal-domestic use, pharmaceutical, pesticide, cosmetics, and food industries; Used as an anti-static agent, food/foodstuff additive, emulsifier, lubricant and additive, softener, surface-active agent, cleaning/washing agent, sea water/oil dispersant, and wetting agent and dispersant for pigments; [IUCLID] Sorbitan fatty acid esters are used as surfactants, emulsifiers, buffering agents, and corrosion inhibitors in a variety of pesticide formulations; [ExPub: EPA - Inert Reassessments] Used as an emulsifier and stabilizer for foods; [JECFA]


"Span type materials are artificial esters of the common fatty acids & hexitol anhydrides derived from sorbitol." [ChemIDplus] An eye irritant; [IUCLID] Acceptable daily intake (ADI) of 0-25 mg/kg ("Group ADI as the sum of the sorbitan esters of lauric, oleic, palmitic and stearic acid"); [JECFA] Not considered hazardous by GHS classification; [Sigma-Aldrich MSDS]

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