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1-4-dioxane
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Description

Dioxane is a synthetic chemical compound that is used as a solvent in many industrial and consumer products. It is a colorless, volatile liquid with a sweet, ether-like odor. It is also known as 1,4-dioxane, ethylene glycol monomethyl ether, and dimethylene glycol.

Dioxane is a known carcinogen and can cause serious health effects when inhaled, ingested, or absorbed through the skin. Long-term exposure to dioxane can cause damage to the liver, kidneys, and central nervous system. It can also cause irritation to the eyes, skin, and respiratory tract.

Associated brand names include: Dowanol, Glyme, and Oxol.

Synonyms
  • diethylene dioxide
  • diethylene ether
  • dioxan
  • dioxane
Classifications
  • chemical precursor
  • solvent

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