| IUPAC name
| Other names
Mouse antialopecia factor
|Molar mass||180.16 g/mol|
|Melting point||225–227 °C (437–441 °F; 498–500 K)|
|14 g/100 ml (25 ºC)|
|Solubility|| Moderate soluble in methanol|
Slightly soluble in DMSO
Insoluble in alcohols, dichloromethane, dimethylformamide, tetrahydrofuran
|Vapor pressure||~0 mmHg|
|Safety data sheet||Sigma-Aldrich (myo-inositol)|
|Flash point||143 °C|
|Lethal dose or concentration (LD, LC):|
LD50 (Median dose)
|10,000 mg/kg (mouse, oral)|
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
Inositol or cyclohexane-1,2,3,4,5,6-hexol is a chemical compound with formula C6H12O6, a sugar alcohol. It exists in nine possible stereoisomers, of which the most prominent form, widely occurring in nature, is cis-1,2,3,5-trans-4,6-cyclohexanehexol, or myo-inositol (former names meso-inositol or i-inositol). Its taste has been assayed at half the sweetness of table sugar (sucrose).
Inositol can be nitrated to give inositol hexanitrate.
Oxidation with nitric acid gives rhodizonic acid.
Inositol is a crystalline solid, soluble in water.
Inositol is available in many health food stores.
It can also be bought online cheaply.
Inositol is best bought than made.
Inositol has low toxicity and it's 100% edible. Lab-grade inositol however, isn't.
Inositol should be kept in closed bottles, plastic bottles are sufficient.
Inositol doesn't require special disposal. Discard it as you wish.