Agent Name

Hydroquinone dimethyl ether

CAS Number

150-78-7

Formula

C8-H10-O2

Major Category

Other Classes

Synonyms

1,4-Dimethoxybenzene; 1,4-Dimethoxybenzol; Anisole, p-methoxy-; Benzene, 1,4-dimethoxy-; Benzene, p-dimethoxy-; DMB; Dimethyl ether hydroquinone; Dimethyl hydroquinone; Dimethylether hydrochinonu [Czech]; Dimethylhydroquinone ether; Hydroquinone, dimethyl ether; Methyl p-methoxyphenyl ether; Quinol dimethyl ether; p-Dimethoxybenzene; p-Methoxyanisole; [ChemIDplus]

Category

Ethers, Other

Description

White solid with an odor of sweet clover; [Hawley] Colorless solid; [CAMEO] White crystalline chips; [MSDSonline]

Sources/Uses

Used as a weathering agent in paints and plastics, a fixative in perfumes, and a flavoring additive; Also used in dyes, as a resin intermediate, and in cosmetics and suntan creams; [Hawley]

Comments

Moderate skin irritant; Acts as general anesthetic in lethal-dose feeding studies of rats; [RTECS] Safe as a flavoring agent in food; [JECFA] Emergency treatment: see "Hydroquinone" and "Quinone." [HSDB] No listed effects of short-term or long-term exposure; "Insufficient data are available on the effect of this substance on human health, therefore utmost care must be taken." [ICSC] An irritant; [MSDSonline]

Exposure Assessment
Vapor Pressure

0.08 mm Hg

Adverse Effects
Neurotoxin

CNS Solvent Syndrome

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