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What is the "mineral" in mineral oil?

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Blogger Steve DeGroof said...

Isn't mineral oil just a byproduct of processing crude oil? Does petroleum count as a "mineral"?

29/8/06 15:29  
Anonymous uncle jim said...

by gum, i think you got it!
mainly alkanes and paraffins ...
seems to me i consumed that stuff fairly often as a kid - so where'd all them hydro-carbons go?
now if'n sra has a better answer, i 'call' her ... so show them cards in yur hands purty lady, we wanta see whatcha got.

29/8/06 15:46  
Blogger Worldgineer said...

Not mineral like vitamin. Mineral as in "from a mine".

2b. of mineral in American Heritage Dictionary:

Any of various natural substances, as: An organic derivative, such as coal or petroleum.

29/8/06 15:56  
Blogger honestus said...

i'm buzzing in... carbon.

30/8/06 06:55  
Blogger k_sra said...

Oh, you all want to know my answer? I didn't really have one, I was just waiting for you all to sort it out for me.

Uhm, Riboflavin. That's my guess. The mineral in mineral oil is Riboflavin.

30/8/06 11:35  

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