Agent Name

Phenylacetic acid

CAS Number

103-82-2

Formula

C8-H8-O2

Major Category

Other Classes

Synonyms

2-Phenylacetic acid; Acetic acid, phenyl-; Benzenacetic acid; Benzeneacetic acid; Benzylcarboxylic acid; Kyselina fenyloctova [Czech]; Phenylacetic acid (natural); Phenylethanoic acid; alpha-Toluic acid; [ChemIDplus]

Category

Organic Acids

Description

Shiny white solid with a floral odor; [Hawley] White crystalline solid; [MSDSonline]

Sources/Uses

Naturally occurs in some essential oils, honeys, and teas; Used to make penicillin G, penicillin derivatives, and its esters; Also used as a fungicide, flavoring agent, lab reagent, and starting material for synthetic perfumes; [HSDB] A metabolite of phenylalanine and may cause some of the neurotoxic effects of maternal phenylketonuria; [REPROTOX]

Comments

An eye and mild skin irritant; [ICSC] A reproductive effector and moderate eye irritant; [RTECS] Emergency medical treatment: irritants; [HSDB] Safe when used as a flavoring agent in food; [WHO JEFCA] An irritant; [MSDSonline]

Exposure Assessment
Vapor Pressure

0.0038 mm Hg

Links to Other NLM Databases
Health Studies

Human Health Effects from Hazardous Substances Data Bank:

Toxicity Information

Search TOXNET

Chemical Information

Search ChemIDplus

Biomedical References

Search PubMed

Related Information in HazMap
Processes

Industrial Processes with risk of exposure: