Agent Name

1,1-Dimethoxyethane

Alternative Name

Dimethylacetal

CAS Number

534-15-6

Formula

C4-H10-O2

Major Category

Other Classes

Synonyms

Dimethylacetal; 3-Methyl-2,4-dioxapentane; Acetaldehyde dimethyl acetal; Acetaldehyde methyl acetal; Dimethyl acetal; Dimethyl aldehyde; Ethane, 1,1-dimethoxy-; Ethylidene dimethyl ether; Methyl formyl; [ChemIDplus] UN2377

Category

Acetals

Description

Colorless liquid with a strong aromatic odor; [Hawley]

Sources/Uses

Used in medicine, organic synthesis, flavors, and fragrances; [HSDB] Used as Merings mixture; [Merck Index]

Comments

A severe skin and eye irritant; [CAMEO] Acts as general anesthetic in lethal-dose inhalation studies of rats; [RTECS] Safe when used as a flavoring agent in food; [JECFA] A fire hazard; [Hawley] An irritant; [MSDSonline]

Exposure Assessment
Vapor Pressure

171 mm Hg

Lethal Concentration

LC50 (rat) = 3,000 ppm/4h

Adverse Effects
Neurotoxin

CNS Solvent Syndrome

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