Agent Name

Ethyl methyl ether

CAS Number

540-67-0

Formula

C3-H8-O

Major Category

Solvents

Synonyms

Ethane, methoxy-; Ether, ethyl methyl; Methane, ethoxy; Methoxyethane; Methyl ethyl ether; [ChemIDplus] UN1039

Category

Ethers (<C12)

Description

Colorless liquid; bp = 10.8 deg C; [Hawley] bp = 7.4 deg C; [HSDB] Colorless gas with medicinal odor; bp = 11.1 deg C; [CAMEO] Colorless liquefied gas; bp = 7.4 deg C; [MSDSonline]

Sources/Uses

Used as an anesthetic; [Hawley]

Comments

Risk of fire and explosion; [Hawley] Extremely flammable; Forms spontaneously combustible peroxides on contact with air; Evaporating liquid can cause frostbite; [CAMEO] Acts as general anesthetic in inhalation animal experiments; [RTECS] Can form explosive mixtures with air; Inhalation can cause CNS depression and asphyxiation; [MSDSonline]

Exposure Assessment
Lethal Concentration

LC50 (mice) = 1,082,000 mg/m3/15min

Adverse Effects
Neurotoxin

CNS Solvent Syndrome

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