Myristic acid

Authors: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer, Prof. Dr. med. Martina Bacharach-Buhles

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020

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CAS No 544-63-8; myristic acid (INCI); Tetradecanoic acid

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Myristic acid, derived from Myristica fragans of the nutmeg, is a saturated, colourless and odourless carboxylic acid (tetradecanoic acid) melting at 58°C, which is soluble in ether, ethanol and chloroform and insoluble in water.

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As glycerol esters, the derivatives myristic acid are found in nutmeg butter and coconut fat (see oleum cocos); as cetyl ester in wool wax.

The salts or esters of myristic acid are called myristates. These substances are widely used in cosmetic products.

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Nutmeg; Oleum coconut; Wool wax;