The mechanism of human adipocere formation.

  title={The mechanism of human adipocere formation.},
  author={Takehiko Takatori},
  journal={Legal medicine},
  volume={3 4},
In adipocere, some specific fatty acids possessing higher melting points, together with soap, play an important role in the formation and stabilization of adipocere. These fatty acids were shown to be mainly 10-hydroxy stearic and 10-hydroxy palmitic acids. Slight amounts of 10-oxo stearic and 10-oxo palmitic acids, which have higher melting points than those of hydroxy fatty acids (OHFAs), exist in the adipocere as well. The substantial adipocere is formed and stabilized mainly by these… CONTINUE READING

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