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* The Chemistry of Menthol

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Molecular formula of menthol

Menthol molecular formula — C 10 H 20  


Structural formula of menthol





Functional group of menthol


In the natural compound, the isopropyl group is in the trans orientation to both the methyl and hydroxyl groups.







chemical information about menthol:


A monocyclic, saturated, secondary terpene alcohol with the formula below. Menthol contains three asymmetric carbon atoms (starred in the formula). It can exist in four

externally compensated and eight optically active forms. The only forms encountered in nature are the L-menthol and D-neo-menthol. Commercial l-menthol is isolated principally from the oil of Mentha arvensis. It possesses a distinct peppermint flavor and gives the impression of cooling the mouth and skin.






Comments (3)

Fatima Al-Zahraa Itani said

at 6:18 am on May 4, 2011

Dear Ibrahim...I added a link for the types of mint..so please remove the types of mint from this page and put them there....thanks for your good work

Miss Yusser said

at 6:30 am on May 4, 2011

Ms. Fatima, It may be easier if we rename this page types of menthol and Ibrahim removes only the chemistry of menthol to another page?? ;p
Great work Ibrahim.... Please don't forget to add your references ( from where you got these facts) in the Reference page!! :)

barhoma_112@hotmail.com said

at 4:42 pm on May 4, 2011

ok,i did it :)

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