Agent Name

alpha-Methylbenzyl alcohol

CAS Number

98-85-1

Formula

C8-H10-O

Major Category

Other Classes

Synonyms

(1-Hydroxyethyl)benzene; 1-Fenylethanol [Czech]; 1-Phenethyl alcohol; 1-Phenyl-1-hydroxyethane; 1-Phenylethan-1-ol; 1-Phenylethanol; 1-Phenylethyl alcohol; Benzenemethanol, alpha-methyl-; Benzyl alcohol, alpha-methyl-; Ethanol, 1-phenyl-; Fenyl-methylkarbinol [Czech]; Methanol, methylphenyl-; Methylphenylcarbinol; Phenylmethylcarbinol; Styrallyl alcohol; Styralyl alcohol; alpha-Methyl-benzmethanol; alpha-Methylbenzenemethanol; alpha-Phenethyl alcohol; alpha-Phenylethanol; alpha-Phenylethyl alcohol; [ChemIDplus] UN2937

Category

Alcohols and Polyols, Other

Description

Colorless liquid with a mild floral odor; [HSDB]

Sources/Uses

Used in perfumery; as a flavoring agent; in dyes; as a laboratory reagent; in stoving enamels; in cellulose nitrate and acetyl cellulose lacquers; as an additive in paint-removal agents; [HSDB] Used as an un-isolated intermediate in styrene production; as an antimicrobial agent; [CHEMINFO]

Comments

A skin, eye, nose, throat, and upper respiratory tract irritant; [CAMEO] Increased liver weights and centrilobular necrosis observed in high-dose animal studies; Kidney injury and increased benign tumors of kidneys observed in male rats (not relevant to humans); Safe when used as a flavoring agent; [JECFA] Ataxia, labored breathing, and lethargy for up to 30 minutes after receiving high dose in rodent studies; [NTP] A moderate skin irritant; A severe eye irritant; Based on animal studies; [CHEMINFO] An irritant; May cause serious eye injury; Targets kidneys; [MSDSonline]

Exposure Assessment
Vapor Pressure

0.05 mm Hg

Explanatory Notes

Flash point = 93 deg C; [HSDB]

Adverse Effects
Neurotoxin

CNS Solvent Syndrome

Hepatotoxin

Hepatotoxin, Secondary

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