Agent Name

Magnesium nitrate hexahydrate

CAS Number

13446-18-9

Formula

N2-O6.Mg.6H2-O

Major Category

Metals

Synonyms

Dusicnan horecnaty [Czech]; Magnesium dinitrate hexahydrate; Nitric acid, magnesium salt, hexahydrate; Magnesium(II) nitrate (1:2), hexahydrate; [ChemIDplus] UN1474

Category

Metals, Inorganic Compounds

Description

Colorless deliquescent solid; [Merck Index] White odorless solid; Hygroscopic; [Acros Organics MSDS]

Sources/Uses

Occurs naturally in the mineral nitromagnesite; Used in pyrotechnics and in the concentration of nitric acid; [Merck Index] Used as a catalyst in petrochemical production, as a sensitizer for lithographic plates, and as a preservative; [ExPub: EPA - Inert Reassessment] Permitted for use as an inert ingredient in non-food pesticide products; [EPA]

Comments

A mild skin and eye irritant; [RTECS] An oxidizing agent; [Merck Index] A mild mucous membrane irritant; May cause smarting and reddening of skin if spilled and allowed to remain on clothes; [CHRIS] An oxidizer and irritant; [Acros Organics MSDS] See "Magnesium nitrate."

Exposure Assessment
Explanatory Notes

The Guide in the Emergency Response Guidebook is for "Magnesium nitrate."

Adverse Effects
Methemoglobinemia

Methemoglobinemia, Secondary

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