Coconut Oil
Title: Coconut Oil
Additional Names: Copra oil
Literature References: Expressed oil from kernels of Cocos nucifera L., Palmae. Constit. Trimyristin, trilaurin, tripalmitin, tristearin; also various other glycerides.
Properties: White, semisolid, lard-like fat; stable to air. Remains bland and edible for several years under ordinary storage conditions. d40 0.903. mp 21-25°. nD40 1.4485-1.4495. Sapon. no. 255-258. Iodine no. 8-9.5. Acid no. not over 6. Surface tension (20°): 33.4 dyn/cm; (80°): 28.4 dyn/cm. Practically insol in water, 95% alc, more sol in abs alc; very sol in chloroform, ether, carbon disulfide. Soly data: Rao, Arnold, J. Am. Oil Chem. Soc. 33, 389 (1956).
Melting point: mp 21-25°
Index of refraction: nD40 1.4485-1.4495
Density: d40 0.903
Use: Manuf soap, edible fats, chocolate, candies; in baking instead of lard; in candles and night lights; in dyeing cotton; as an ointment base; in hair dressing; in massage.

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