Oenanthic acid

Author: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020

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CAS number: 111-14-8; Enanthic acid; Heptanoic acid; Hexanecarboxylic acid; Oenanthic acid

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Oenanthic acid (from Greek oinos = wine) or n-heptanoic acid, is a saturated fatty or alkanoic acid with the empirical formula C6H13-COOH. Oenanthic acid is a colourless, slightly rancid smelling oil which is poorly soluble in water and well soluble in ethanol and ether.

Oenanthic acid or heptanoic acid is derived from the alkane n-heptane.

Oenanthates (heptanoates) are the salts and esters of oenanthic acid. They are used in cosmetic products.


Last updated on: 29.10.2020