Agent Name

Sodium tetrametaphosphate

CAS Number

13396-41-3

Formula

H4-O12-P4.4Na

Major Category

Metals

Synonyms

Cyclofos; Cyclophos; Metaphosphoric acid (H4P4O12), tetrasodium salt; Sodium cyclotetraphosphate (Na4(P4O12)); Sodium cyclotetraphosphate (Na4P4O12); Tetrametaphosphoric acid (H4P4O12), tetrasodium salt; Tetrametaphosphoric acid, tetrasodium salt; Tetrasodium cyclotetraphosphate; Tetrasodium tetrametaphosphate; [ChemIDplus]

Category

Phosphates, Metallic Salts

Sources/Uses

Used in household detergents, water conditioning, toothpaste, processed cheese, and additives in meat, fish, and poultry; [HSDB]

Comments

Emergency treatment: "Inorganic phosphates"; Inorganic phosphates can cause diarrhea, hyperphosphatemia, and hypocalcemia after ingestion; An adult died after receiving four sodium phosphate enemas within 24 hours; he had electrolyte abnormalities and died from cardiac arrest; [HSDB]

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