Agent Name

Phosphonoacetic acid

CAS Number

4408-78-0

Formula

C2-H5-O5-P

Major Category

Other Classes

Synonyms

Carboxymethanephosphonic acid; Fosfonet; PPA; Phosphonacetic acid; Acetic acid, phosphono-; [ChemIDplus] UN3261

Category

Organic Acids

Description

White crystalline powder; Odorless and hygroscopic; [Alfa Aesar MSDS]

Sources/Uses

"A simple organophosphorus compound that inhibits DNA polymerase, especially in viruses and is used as an antiviral agent." [ChemIDplus]

Comments

Causes burns; Inhalation may cause corrosive injuries to upper respiratory tract and lungs; [Alfa Aesar MSDS]

Exposure Assessment
Vapor Pressure

6.67E-7 mm Hg

Explanatory Notes

The Guide in the Emergency Response Guidebook is for "Corrosive solid, acidic, organic, n.o.s."

Adverse Effects
Toxic Pneumonitis

Yes

Dermatotoxin

Skin Burns

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