Agent Name

Edetic acid

Alternative Name

EDTA

CAS Number

60-00-4

Formula

C10-H16-N2-O8

Major Category

Other Uses

Synonyms

EDTA; (Ethylenedinitrilo)tetraacetic acid; 3,6-Diazaoctanedioic acid, 3,6-bis(carboxymethyl)-; Acetic acid, 2,2',2'',2'''-(1,2-ethanediyldinitrilo)tetrakis-; Acide edetique [INN-French]; Acide ethylenediaminetetracetique [French]; Acido edetico [INN-Spanish]; Acidum edeticum [INN-Latin]; Celon A; Celon ATH; Cheelox; Cheelox BF acid; Chelest 3A; Chemcolox 340; Clewat TAA; Complexon II; Dissolvine E; EDTA; EDTA (chelating agent); EDTA acid; Edathamil; Edetic acid; Endrate; Ethylenebisiminodiacetic acid; Ethylenediamine-N,N,N',N'-tetraacetic acid; Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid; Gluma cleanser; Glycine, N,N'-1,2-ethanediylbis(N-(carboxymethyl)-; Hamp-ene acid; Havidote; ICRF 185; Komplexon II; Kyselina ethylendiamintetraoctova [Czech]; Metaquest A; N,N'-1,2-Ethanediylbis(N-(carboxymethyl)glycine); Nervanaid B acid; Nullapon B acid; Nullapon BF acid; Perma kleer 50 acid; Quastal Special; Questex 4H; SEQ 100; Sequestrene AA; Sequestric acid; Sequestrol; Tetrine acid; Titriplex; Titriplex II; Trilon BS; Trilon BW; Universne acid; Versene; Versene acid; Vinkeil 100; Warkeelate acid; YD 30; [ChemIDplus]

Category

Chelating Agents

Description

Clear crystals; [CAMEO]

Sources/Uses

Used in chemical analysis and to make detergents; [CAMEO] Used therapeutically as a metal chelating agent; Also used as a food preservative, blood anticoagulant, and a chelating agent in personal care products and in the pulp and paper industry; [Merck Index, 3517] Used therapeutically to remove (chelate) metal ions in the body; [HSDB] Used in photography (color developing baths) and holography; [www.ci.tucson.az.us/arthazards/medium.html]

Comments

Can cause burns to skin and eyes; [CAMEO] Potential skin sensitizer; [HSDB] Has reproductive toxicity in animal studies; May cause kidney damage after chronic exposure; A skin and eye irritant; [MSDSonline] See "Tetrasodium EDTA."

Exposure Assessment
Vapor Pressure

4.98E-13 mm Hg

Adverse Effects
Dermatotoxin

Skin Burns

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