Agent Name

Monobenzone

Alternative Name

p-(Benzyloxy)phenol

CAS Number

103-16-2

Formula

C13-H12-O2

Major Category

Other Classes

Synonyms

p-(Benzyloxy)phenol; 4-(Phenylmethoxy)phenol; 4-Benzyloxyphenol; AgeRite Alba; Alba-Dome; Benoquin; Benzoquin; Benzyl p-hydroxyphenyl ether; Carmifal; Depigman; Dermochinona; Hydrochinon monobenzylether [Czech]; Hydroquinone benzyl ether; Hydroquinone monobenzyl ether; Leucodinine; Monobenzon; Monobenzona [INN-Spanish]; Monobenzonum [INN-Latin]; Monobenzyl ether hydroquinone; Monobenzyl hydroquinone; Phenol, 4-(phenylmethoxy)-; Pigmex; Superlite; Superlite (antioxidant); p-Hydroxyphenyl benzyl ether; [ChemIDplus]

Category

Other Aromatic Compounds

Description

Tan solid; Insoluble in water; [Hawley] White powder; [Alfa Aesar MSDS]

Sources/Uses

Used as a solvent and in perfumes, soap, plastics, and pharmaceuticals; [Hawley] Used as an antioxidant (rubber, paraffins, and polyvinyl chloride), stabilizer, polymerization inhibitor, intermediate, and depigmentor to treat hyperpigmentation of the skin; [HSDB]

Comments

A tumorigen and mild skin irritant; Intraperitoneal LD50 (rat) = 4500 mg/kg; [RTECS] Emergency treatment: symptomatic chemical dermal exposure; Reported skin sensitizer in the rubber industry; [HSDB] An eye irritant; May cause skin sensitization; [ESIS] A strong eye irritant; May cause skin sensitization; [Alfa Aesar MSDS]

Exposure Assessment
Vapor Pressure

2.25E-5 mm Hg

Adverse Effects
Skin Sensitizer

Yes

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