Cetyl alcohol

United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Reference Standard

1-Hexadecanol, Palmityl alcohol, Cetyl alcohol
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pharmaceutical primary standard

vapor density

8.34 (vs air)

vapor pressure

<0.01 mmHg ( 43 °C)



autoignition temp.

483 °F

expl. lim.

8 %




179-181 °C/10 mmHg (lit.)


48-50 °C (lit.)


0.818 g/mL at 25 °C (lit.)

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General description

This product is provided as delivered and specified by the issuing Pharmacopoeia. All information provided in support of this product, including SDS and any product information leaflets have been developed and issued under the Authority of the issuing Pharmacopoeia.For further information and support please go to the website of the issuing Pharmacopoeia.

Analysis Note

These products are for test and assay use only. They are not meant for administration to humans or animals and cannot be used to diagnose, treat, or cure diseases of any kind.  ​

Other Notes

USP issued SDS can be found here.
Sales restrictions may apply.


NONH for all modes of transport

WGK Germany


Flash Point(F)

338.0 °F

Flash Point(C)

170 °C

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