Agent Name

Benzilic acid

CAS Number

76-93-7

Formula

C14-H12-O3

Major Category

Other Classes

Synonyms

Acide diphenylhydroxyacetique [French]; alpha-Hydroxy-2,2-diphenylacetic acid; alpha-Hydroxy-alpha-phenylbenzeneacetic acid; Benzylic acid; Diphenylglycolic acid; Diphenylhydroxyacetic acid; Glycolic acid, diphenyl-; Hydroxydiphenylacetic acid; Mandelic acid, alpha-phenyl-; Benzeneacetic acid, alpha-hydroxy-alpha-phenyl-; [ChemIDplus] alpha-Hydroxy-alpha-phenyl benzeneacetic acid; alpha-alpha- Diphenylglycolic acid; Hydroxydiphenyl acetic acid; 2,2-Diphenyl-2-hydroxyacetic acid; [HSDB]

Category

Organic Acids

Description

Solid; [Merck Index] White to tan solid; [HSDB] White powder; [Sigma-Aldrich MSDS]

Sources/Uses

Used to make 3-quinuclidinyl benzilate (chemical warfare agent) and clidinium bromide (anticholinergic drug); [HSDB]

Comments

May cause irritation; Harmful by ingestion; [Sigma-Aldrich MSDS]

Exposure Assessment
Vapor Pressure

2.32E-8 mm Hg

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