Agent Name

Galactaric acid

CAS Number

526-99-8

Formula

C6-H10-O8

Major Category

Other Classes

Synonyms

2,3,4,5-Tetrahydroxyhexanedioic acid; Galactaric acid, D-; Galactosaccharic acid; Mucic acid; Saccharolactic acid; Schleimsaure [German]; Tetrahydroxyadipic acid; [ChemIDplus]

Category

Organic Acids

Description

Solid; [Merck Index] Faintly beige powder; [MSDSonline]

Sources/Uses

Used as a substitute for tartaric acid, a sequestrant for metal ions (calcium, iron), a retardant of concrete hardening, and a chemical intermediate; Not produced commercially in the US; [HSDB] Proposed as a replacement for potassium bitartrate in baking powder and to make granular effervescing salts; [Merck Index]

Comments

Oral LD50 (mouse) = 8 gm/kg; [RTECS] May cause irritation; [MSDSonline]

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