Agent Name

Ricinoleic acid

CAS Number

141-22-0

Formula

C18-H34-O3

Major Category

Other Classes

Synonyms

12-Hydroxy-9-octadecenoic acid; 9-Octadecenoic acid, 12-hydroxy-; (9Z,12R)-12-Hydroxy-9-octadecensaeure; (R-(Z))-12-Hydroxy-9-octadecenoic acid; 12-Hydroxy-cis-9-octadecenoic acid; 9-Octadecenoic acid, 12-hydroxy-, (R-(Z))-; 9-Octadecenoic acid, 12-hydroxy-, (Z)-; 9-Octadecenoic acid, 12-hydroxy-, (cis)-; Acide ricinoleique [French]; Castor oil acid; D-12-Hydroxyoleic acid; Kyselina 12-hydroxy-9-oktadecenova [Czech]; Kyselina ricinolova [Czech]; Oleic acid, 12-hydroxy-; Ricinic acid; Ricinolic acid; l'Acide ricinoleique [French]; [ChemIDplus]

Category

Organic Acids

Description

Colorless to yellow liquid; mp = 5.5 deg C; [Hawley] Deep yellow-brown liquid; [MSDSonline]

Sources/Uses

Present in the seeds of Ricinus spp, Euphorbiaceae and in the fatty acids of castor and ergot oil; Used in contraceptive jellies; [Merck Index] A major component of castor oil in which it is believed to be the active purgative agent; Used in Turkey red oils and for textile finishing; Also used as a plasticizer, softener for elastomers, and to make other products; [HSDB]

Comments

Emergency medical treatment: laxatives-stimulants; Lethal dose orally is probably 1 pint to 1 quart; [HSDB] An irritant; [MSDSonline]

Exposure Assessment
Vapor Pressure

2.63E-9 mm Hg

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