Agent Name

Zinc acetate

CAS Number

557-34-6

Formula

C4-H6-O4.Zn

Major Category

Metals

Synonyms

Zinc acetate anhydrous; Acetic acid, zinc salt; Acetic acid, zinc(II) salt; Dicarbomethoxyzinc; Siltex CL 4; Zinc diacetate; Zinc(II) acetate; [ChemIDplus]

Category

Organic Acids, Metal Salts

Description

Colorless, white to greyish-white, or yellowish solid; [HSDB] White solid; [CAMEO] White powder; [MSDSonline]

Sources/Uses

Used as a wood preservative, mordant in dyeing, antiseptic, feed additive, cross-linking agent for polymers, catalyst, waterproofing agent, therapeutic styptic and astringent, and topical fungicide; Also used to make glazes for porcelain, to treat Wilsons disease, in dental cement for temporary fillings, in tobacco smoke filters, in adhesives for food contact, and as a reagent in testing for albumin, tannin, urobilin, phosphate, and blood; [HSDB] Used to make other zinc compounds; [CAMEO]

Comments

A skin, eye, nose, and throat irritant; [HSDB] Available in anhydrous and dihydrate forms; A mild skin, nose, and throat irritant; An eye irritant; [CAMEO] May cause mild to moderate skin and eye irritation, based on animal studies; [CHEMINFO] A skin and eye irritant; [eChemPortal: ERMA] An irritant; [MSDSonline] See "Zinc."

Exposure Assessment
MAK

0.1 mg/m3(respirable fraction), 2 mg/m3 (inhalable fraction) for Zn inorg. cmpnds

Adverse Effects
Hepatotoxin

Hepatotoxin, Secondary

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: