Agent Name

Merbromin

Alternative Name

Mercurochrome

CAS Number

129-16-8

Formula

C20-H10-Br2-Hg-O6.2Na

Major Category

Other Uses

Synonyms

Mercurochrome; 2,7-Dibromo-4-hydroxymercurifluoresceine disodium salt; Asceptichrome; Aseptichrome; Chromargyre; DOMF; Disodium 2',7'-dibromo-4'-(hydroxymercury)fluorescein; Disodium 2,7-dibrom-4-hydroxy-mercuri-fluorescein; Flavurol; Fluorochrome; Gallochrome; Gynochrome; Merbromina [INN-Spanish]; Merbromine [INN-French]; Merbrominum [INN-Latin]; Mercuranine; Mercurochrome-220 soluble; Mercurochromum; Mercurocol; Mercurome; Mercurophage; Planochrome; Fluorescein, 2',7'-dibromo-4'-(hydroxymercurio)-, disodium salt; Mercury, (2',7'-dibromo-3',6'-dihydroxy-3-oxospiro(isobenzofuran-1(3H),9'-(9H)xanthen)-4'-yl)hydroxy-, disodium salt; [ChemIDplus] UN2025

Category

Biocides/Disinfectants

Description

Iridescent green, odorless solid. Soluble in water; [Hawley] Deep green solid; [MSDSonline]

Sources/Uses

Used as an antibacterial/antiseptic; [HSDB]

Comments

Danger of skin sensitization; [MAK] Organic mercury compounds are toxic to aquatic organisms and can cause cumulative CNS and peripheral nerve effects in humans eating contaminated seafood; [MSDSonline] See "Mercury, aryl compounds" and linked occupational diseases.

Exposure Assessment
Explanatory Notes

The Guide in the Emergency Response Guidebook is for "Mercury compound, solid, n.o.s."

Adverse Effects
Skin Sensitizer

Yes

Neurotoxin

Other CNS Neurotoxin

Nephrotoxin

Yes

Reproductive Toxin

Yes

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