Linoleic acid is a polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acid. It is a colorless liquid that is virtually insoluble in water but soluble in many organic solvents. It typically occurs in nature as a triglyceride (ester of glycerin) rather than as a free fatty acid.


Linoleic acid is obtained from the hydrolysis -chemical decomposition in which a compound is split into other compounds by reacting with water- of vegetable oils rich in linoleic acid (mainly sunflower and soybean oils). The obtained fatty acid is purified by further distillation.

Synonym(9Z,12Z)-octadeca-9,12-dienoic acid Telfairic acid
CAS no.60-33-3
EINECS no.200-470-9
Molecular formulaC18H32O2
Molecular weight280.4 g/mol


Linoleic acid finds extensive uses in various industries:
Cosmetic: protects the skin against loss of water and hence is used in moisturizers; it has anti-inflammatory properties and is used for acne reduction.
Industrial: In the paints industry for manufacture of quick-drying oils  which are used in oil paints and varnishes; making soaps, emulsifiers, and surfactants; to manufacture Arachidonic acid which has several health benefits.
Pharmaceutical: Since it is an essential fatty acid, it is used as a dietary supplement.


AppearanceYellowish liquid
Color (Fe-Co Method)≤ 3.0
Acid Valuemg KOH/g195.0 – 205.0
Iodine Value (Wij’s method)gI2/100 g≥ 145.0
Moisture%≤ 0.5
Linoleic acid content (By GC)%78.0 – 82.0


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