Agent Name

Bismuth subnitrate

CAS Number

1304-85-4

Formula

Bi5-H9-N4-O22

Major Category

Metals

Synonyms

Basic bismuth nitrate; Bismuth Synlab; Bismuth White; Bismuth hydroxide nitrate oxide (Bi5(OH)9(NO3)4O); Bismuth hydroxide nitrate oxide (Bi5O(OH)9(NO3)4); Bismuth magistery; Bismuth nitrate, basic; Bismuth oxide (Bi2O3), compd with nitrogen oxide (N2O5); (6:5), octahydrate; Bismuth oxynitrate; Bismuth paint; Bismuth subnitricum; Bismuthyl nitrate; Blanc de fard; C.I. 77169; C.I. Pigment White 17; Cosmetic White; Flake White; Magistery of bismuth; Mammol; Novismuth; Paint White; Snowcal 5 SW; Snowcal 5SW; Spanish White; Vicalin; Vikaline; [ChemIDplus] UN1477

Category

Metals, Inorganic Compounds

Description

Odorless, slightly hygroscopic solid; [Merck Index] White powder, insoluble; [MSDSonline]

Sources/Uses

Used to make enamel fluxes, cosmetics, antacids, and antiulceratives; [Merck Index] Used as an astringent, adsorbent, and protective; in topical lotions and ointments; [HSDB]

Comments

An irritant; Oxidizing agent--keep away from combustible materials; [MSDSonline] See "Bismuth." See "NITRATES and NITRITES."

Exposure Assessment
Explanatory Notes

mp = 260 deg C;

Adverse Effects
Methemoglobinemia

Methemoglobinemia, Secondary

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