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Pristane is a natural saturated terpenoid alkane obtained primarily from shark liver oil. It is a transparent oily liquid that is immiscible with water, but soluble in diethyl ether, benzene, chloroform and carbon tetrachloride.
Additional recommended knowledge
It is used as a lubricant, a transformer oil, and an anti-corrosion agent.
Biosynthetically, pristane is derived from phytol.
Pristane was named after Latin pristis, "shark".
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