Agent Name

Mersalyl acid

CAS Number

486-67-9

Formula

C13-H16-Hg-N-O6.H

Major Category

Metals

Synonyms

Acidum mersalylicum; Mersalylum acidum; Natrii mersalylas; [ChemIDplus] 2-(3-Hydroxymercurio-2-methoxypropylcarbamoyl)phenoxyacetic acid; 2-[N-(3-Hydroxymercuri-2-methoxypropyl)carbamoyl]phenoxyacetic acid; Salyrganic acid; [Sigma-Aldrich MSDS] UN2025

Category

Mercury Compounds, Inorganic

Description

White odorless solid; Slightly hygroscopic; [Merck Index] White powder; [Sigma-Aldrich MSDS]

Sources/Uses

Used as a biochemical probe and a diuretic drug; [Merck Index]

Comments

May cause irritation; Highly toxic by ingestion, inhalation, and skin absorption; Targets the gastrointestinal tract and nerves; [Sigma-Aldrich MSDS] See "Mercury, inorganic compounds" and the linked occupational disease.

Exposure Assessment
Skin Designation (ACGIH)

Yes

TLV (ACGIH)

0.02 mg/m3, as Hg

PEL (OSHA)

0.1 mg/m3, as Hg

MAK

0.02 mg/m3, as Hg, inhalable fraction

IDLH (NIOSH)

10 mg/m3, as Hg

Explanatory Notes

The Guide in the Emergency Response Guidebook is for "Mercury compound, solid, n.o.s."

Adverse Effects
Neurotoxin

Sensorimotor Neuropathy

Nephrotoxin

Yes

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