Agent Name

p,alpha-Dimethylbenzyl alcohol

CAS Number

536-50-5

Formula

C9-H12-O

Major Category

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Synonyms

1-(4-Methylphenyl)ethanol; 1-(4-Tolyl)ethanol; 1-(p-Methylphenyl)ethanol; 1-(p-Tolyl)ethanol; 1-p-Tolyl-1-ethanol; 4-(alpha-Hydroxyethyl)toluene; 4-Methyl-alpha-phenethyl alcohol; 4-Methylphenylmethylcarbinol; 4-Tolylmethylcarbinol; alpha,4-Dimethylbenzenemethanol; Benzenemethanol, alpha,4-dimethyl-; Benzyl alcohol, p,alpha-dimethyl-; Bilagen; Ethanol, 1-(p-tolyl)-; Galinex; Methyl-p-tolylcarbinol; Norbilan; p-Tolylmethylcarbinol [German]; Tomobil; Dimethylbenzyl alcohol, p,alpha-; [ChemIDplus] 1-p-Tolylethanol; p-Tolyl methyl carbinol; Methyl p-tolyl carbinol; [JECFA]

Category

Alcohols and Polyols, Other

Description

Viscous liquid with an odor similar to menthol; [Merck Index] Clear colorless liquid; [Sigma-Aldrich MSDS]

Sources/Uses

Component of the essential oil from some plants in the ginger family; [Merck Index] Used as a flavoring agent; [FDA]

Comments

Safe when used as a flavoring agent in food; [JECFA] Not considered hazardous by GHS classifications; [Sigma-Aldrich MSDS]

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