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(organic chemistry)
(CH3)2C:CH(CH2)2CCH3OHCH:CH2 A terpene that is a colorless liquid, has a bergamot odor, boils at 195-196°C, and is found in many essential oils, particularly bergamot and rosewood; used as a flavoring agent and in perfumes. Also known as coriandrol.



2,6-dimethyl-2,7-octadiene-6-ol, a terpene alcohol:


A colorless liquid with a lavender odor. Boiling point, 198°-200°C; density, 0.862–0.865 g/cm3 at 20°C. Linalool exists in two optically active (+) and (-) forms, as well as the (±) form (a racemic mixture). It is readily converted into geraniol upon action of organic acids and into a mixture of terpineols in the presence of sulfuric acid. Linalool oxidizes to form citral.

Linalool is part of many essential oils (for example, coriandrol) in free form and as esters of acetic acid (linalyl acetate) and butyric acid; the rectification process is used to extract linalool from essential oils. Linalool may also be synthesized from acetylene and isoprene, as well as from α-pinene. Linalool and linalyl acetate are widely used as odoriferous substances in perfume and cosmetics manufacture.

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Anti-inflammatory activity of linalool and linalyl acetate constituents of essential oils.
Of them, five major volatile compounds of flower, linalool, a-farnesene, trans-b-ocimene, z-3hexenyl tiglate and methyl tiglate, were also found in culture of the ZZB08.
Rates were also summed within seven major biochemical categories of scent compounds (monoterpenes, irregular terpenes, sesquiterpenes, linalool and lilac compounds, aromatics, nitrogenous compounds, and fatty acids) to obtain category-specific total emission rates.
angustifolia flowers is composed primarily of linalyl acetate, linalool, lavandulol, 1,8-cineol, lavandulyl acetate and camphor (Lis-Balchin and Hart, 1999), while the EO from L.
digbyana forma citronello (como las rosas) y linalool.
In addition to essences, the essential oil of Mentha piperita consists of small quantities of a-pinene, b-pinene, sabinene, bmyrcene, linalool, b-caryophyllene, pulegone, a-terpineol, germacrene-D [Tabele 1].
Er enghraifft mae'r fel-wenynen yn ymateb wrth arogli cemegau fel linalool, phenylethanol a farnesene.
Extraction and quantification of linalool in the essential oil from leaves from Aniba duckei Kostermans cultivated in its natural environment.
2003) included as main compounds for this species [beta]-pinene, borneol, [alpha]-pinene, bornyl acetate, linalool and caryophyllene oxide, whereas in the present study these compounds were found in lower amounts, 3.