Agent Name

Aluminum chloride hexahydrate

CAS Number

7784-13-6

Formula

Al-Cl3.6H2-O

Major Category

Metals

Synonyms

Drysol; Xerac AC; Aluminum chloride; Aluminum trichloride hexahydrate; Aluminum(III) chloride, hexahydrate; Aluminum chloride, hexahydrate; [ChemIDplus] Anhydrol; Driclor; Xerac; [Merck Index]

Category

Metals, Inorganic Compounds

Description

Colorless, white, or slightly yellow deliquescent solid; Odorless; [Merck Index] White to yellowish crystals or powder; Odorless; [EMD MSDS]

Sources/Uses

Used in wood preservatives, deodorants and antiperspirants, disinfectants (stables and slaughterhouses), and therapeutics (anhidrotic); Also used for refining crude oil, dyeing fabrics, and making parchment paper; [Merck Index] Used as an analytical reagent; [EMD MSDS]

Comments

A mild skin irritant; Causes other degenerative changes to brain, diffuse hepatitis, and changes in both tubules and glomeruli in 30-week constant oral studies of mice; [RTECS] A skin and eye irritant; [EMD MSDS] See "Aluminum chloride."

Adverse Effects
Hepatotoxin

Hepatotoxin, Secondary

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