A waxy alcohol (CH3-(CH2)14CH2OH) that is used as an emulsifier and softener in cosmetics; has been used in ointments to treat skin irritations. It is insoluble in water, soluble in other alcohols and ethers.

From the BioTech Dictionary at http://biotech.icmb.utexas.edu/. For further information see the BioTech homenode.

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