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Cholesterol NF


3β-hydroxy-5-cholestene, 5-cholesten-3β-ol

Technical Data

CAS Number: 57-88-5
Molecular Formula: C27H46O
Molecular Weight: 386.65
Beilstein Registry Number: 1915888
EC Number: 200-353-2

FabriChem Specifications

Identification (A & B) As per NF
Melting Point 147 - 150°C
Specific Rotation
(2% w/v in Dioxane)
-34° to -38°
Acidity 0.3 mL Max.
Loss on Drying 0.3% Max.
Residue on Ignition 0.1% Max.
Purity 95.0% Min.
Solubility As per NF

Molecular Structure



Cholesterol is a major component of all biological membranes. Cholesterol is a lipid that makes up about 20-25% of the structural components of the cell membranes. Cholesterol determines the fluidity and permeability of the membrane.