Methyl oleate is a fatty acid methyl ester resulting from the formal condensation of the carboxy group of oleic acid with methanol. It is functionally related to an oleic acid. Methyl oleate is a natural product found in Anchietea pyrifolia, Lepidium meyenii, and other organisms with data available.
Methyl oleate is used as a chromatographic reference standard in biochemical research. It is also used as an intermediate for detergents, emulsifiers, wetting agents, stabilizers, textile treatments, plasticizers for duplicating inks, rubbers and waxes. It finds application as lubricants and lubricant additives.