Agent Name

Menthyl acetate

CAS Number

16409-45-3

Formula

C12-H22-O2

Major Category

Biological Agents

Synonyms

5-Methyl-2-(1-methylethyl)cyclohexanol acetate; Cyclohexanol, 5-methyl-2-(1-methylethyl)-, acetate; Menthol, acetate; [ChemIDplus] UN1993

Category

Plant Oils and Extracts

Description

Colorless liquid with an odor like menthol; [Hawley]

Sources/Uses

Found in peppermint oil; Used in perfumes and flavors; [Hawley] Peppermint oil contains menthol, menthone, and more than 30 other chemicals. It is widely used as a flavoring agent and herbal remedy. [Haddad, p. 1439]

Comments

Emergency treatment: "Peppermint oil"; [HSDB] Mild skin irritant in rabbits; [RTECS] Peppermint oil causes CNS depression and hypothermia in rat feeding studies; [Haddad, p. 1439]

Exposure Assessment
Vapor Pressure

0.05 mm Hg

Explanatory Notes

The Guide in the Emergency Response Guidebook is for "Combustible liquid, n.o.s."

Adverse Effects
Neurotoxin

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