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Oleic acid is used as an emulsifying agent for facial creams and lotions, as an accelerator in rubber industry, as an emollient, as a solubilizing agent in aerosol products and as a soldering flux in stained glass work for joining lead came. It is used in the preparation of oleates and lotions. It acts as intermediate for drilling and fracking fluids in oil and gas industry. It finds application as an excipient in pharmaceuticals.
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