Stearyl alcohol

Agent Name
Stearyl alcohol
Alternative Name
CAS Number
Major Category
Other Classes
Stearyl alcohol formula graphical representation
1-Octadecanol; 1-Hydroxyoctadecane; Adol 68; Alcohol stearylicus; Alcohol(C18); Aldol 62; Alfol 18; Atalco S; C18 alcohol; CO-1895; CO-1897; Cachalot S-43; Crodacol-S; Decyl octyl alcohol; Dytol E-46; Fatty alcohol(C18); Lanol S; Lorol 28; Octadecanol; Octadecyl alcohol; Octadecylalkohol; Polaax; Sipol S; Siponol S; Siponol SC; Stearic alcohol; Stearol; Stenol; Steraffine; USP XIII stearyl alcohol; n-1-Octadecanol; n-Octadecanol; n-Octadecyl alcohol; [ChemIDplus]
Alcohols and Polyols, Other
White solid; [Hawley]
Used as a substitute for cetyl alcohol in pharmaceutical dispensing; in cosmetic creams and perfumery; in textile oils and finishes; as an antifoam agent; and in lubricants, resins, and surface active agents; Synthetic stearyl alcohol has been approved as a direct and indirect food additive ingredient and as an ingredient in over-the-counter drugs; [HSDB]
Higher alcohols are not highly toxic in the industrial setting; Can cause liver injury, somnolence, and respiratory depression in experimental animals; [HSDB] Causes somnolence in lethal-dose feeding studies of rats; [RTECS] No listed effects of short-term or long-term exposure; "Health effects of exposure to the substance have been investigated extensively but none have been found." [ICSC] An irritant; [MSDSonline]
Biomedical References

Exposure Assessment

Vapor Pressure
2.7E-06 mm Hg
Explanatory Notes
Flash point = 200 deg C; [HSDB]; VP from ChemIDplus;

Adverse Effects

Acute solvent syndrome
Hepatoxic (a) from occupational exposure (secondary effect) or (b) in animal studies or in humans after ingestion

Diseases, Processes, and Activities Linked to This Agent


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