Agent Name

Magnesium chloride hexahydrate

CAS Number

7791-18-6

Formula

Cl2-Mg.6H2-O

Major Category

Metals

Synonyms

Chlorure de magnesium hydrate [French]; Magnesium chloride (MgCl2) hydrate (1:6); Magnesium chloride hydrate (MgCl2.6H2O); Magnesium dichloride hexahydrate; Magnesium chloride, hexahydrate; [ChemIDplus]

Category

Metals, Inorganic Compounds

Description

Deliquescent solid; [Merck Index] White odorless crystals; [Great Salt Lake Minerals MSDS]

Sources/Uses

Used in wood fireproofing, wool carbonizing, and cotton fabric dressing; Also used in disinfectants, magnesia cements, fire extinguishers, floor sweeping compounds, and casein glue; Also used to make parchment paper and artificial leather; Has been used therapeutically as a cathartic and to treat bovine hypomagnesemia; [Merck Index] Used for dust suppression, deicing, and aqua-culture; [Great Salt Lake Minerals MSDS] Permitted for use as an inert ingredient in non-food pesticide products; [EPA]

Comments

May cause irritation; [Great Salt Lake Minerals MSDS] See "Magnesium chloride."

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