Dodecane, also known as N-dodecane or bihexyl, belongs to the class of organic compounds known as alkanes. These are acyclic branched or unbranched hydrocarbons having the general formula CnH2n+2 , and therefore consisting entirely of hydrogen atoms and saturated carbon atoms. Thus, is considered to be a hydrocarbon lipid molecule. exists as a liquid and is considered to be practically insoluble (in water) and relatively neutral. has been detected in multiple biofluids, such as feces and saliva. Within the cell, is primarily located in the membrane (predicted from logP). is also a parent compound for other transformation products, including but not limited to, dodecyldimethylamine N-oxide, dodecanedioic acid, and 2, 7, 10-trimethyldodecane. is an alkane tasting compound that can be found in black walnut, garden tomato (var. ), and papaya. This makes a potential biomarker for the consumption of these food products. has been linked to the inborn metabolic disorders including celiac disease.