Agent Name

Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose

CAS Number


Major Category

Plastics & Rubber


Carbohydrate gum; 2-Hydroxypropyl cellulose methyl ether; 2-Hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose; Cellulose hydroxypropyl methyl ether; Cellulose, 2-hydroxypropyl methyl ether; GenTeal; Goniosol; HYPROMELLOSE 2906 (4000 MPA.S); HYPROMELLOSE 2906 (50 MPA.S); Hipromelosa [Spanish]; HPMCD; Hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose; Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose 1828; Hydroxypropylmethylcellulosum; Hypromellose; Hypromellose 2208 (100 MPA.S); Hypromellose 2208 (15000 MPA.S); Hypromellose 2910 (15 MPA.S); Hypromellose 2910 (15000 MPA.S); Hypromellose 2910 (3 MPA.S); Hypromellose 2910 (4000 MPA.S); Hypromelloses; Hypromellosum [Latin]; Isopto Tears; Isopto alkaline; Isopto plain; Methocel E, F, J, K; Methocel E,F,K; Methocel HG; Methyl cellulose, propylene glycol ether; Methyl hydroxypropyl cellulose; Methylhydroxypropylcellulosum; Metolose; Tearisol; Ultra Tears; [ChemIDplus] HPMC; Artelac; Benecel MP; Gonak; Ocucoat; [Merck Index] (Hydroxypropyl)methyl cellulose; [Sigma-Aldrich MSDS]




White or off-white solid; [Merck Index] White or off-white hygroscopic solid; [JECFA] Beige powder; [Sigma-Aldrich MSDS]


Used as an emulsifier, film former, protective colloid, stabilizer, suspending agent, and thickener in foods; Also used in adhesives, asphalt emulsions, caulking compounds, tile mortars, plastic mixes, cements, paints, pharmaceuticals, and as an ocular lubricant; [Merck Index] Used as an anticaking agent, drying agent, emulsifier, processing aid, humectant, surface-finishing agent, texturizer, and stabilizer or thickener for foods; [FDA] Permitted for use as an inert ingredient in non-food pesticide products; [EPA] "Hypromellose (INN), short for hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC), is a semisynthetic, inert, viscoelastic polymer used as an ophthalmic lubricant, as well as an excipient and controlled-delivery component in oral medicaments, found in a variety of commercial products." [Wikipedia]


May cause irritation; [Sigma-Aldrich MSDS]

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