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Description

Methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) is a volatile, flammable, colorless liquid with a sweet odor. It is used as a solvent in many industrial processes, including paint and varnish removers, adhesives, and printing inks. MEK is also used as a fuel additive and as a solvent in the production of pharmaceuticals, pesticides, and other chemicals.

MEK is toxic when inhaled, ingested, or absorbed through the skin. Exposure to high concentrations of MEK can cause irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs, as well as dizziness, headache, nausea, and vomiting. Long-term exposure to MEK can cause liver and kidney damage.

Associated brand names:
  ▸ Butanox
  ▸ Methyl-Ethyl-Ketone
  ▸ Methyl-Ethyl-Ketone-Peroxide
  ▸ Methyl-Ethyl-Ketone-Phenol
  ▸ Methyl-Ethyl-Ketone-Resin
  ▸ Methyl-Ethyl-Ketone-Solvent
  ▸ Methyl-Ethyl-Ketone-Thinner
  ▸ Methyl-Ethyl-Ketone-Xylene
  ▸ Methyl-Ethyl-Ketone-Xylene-Peroxide
  ▸ Methyl-Ethyl-Ketone-Xylene-Resin
  ▸ Methyl-Ethyl-Ketone-Xylene-Solvent
  ▸ Methyl-Ethyl-Ketone-Xylene-Thinner

Synonyms
  • butan-2-one
  • ethyl methyl ketone
  • MEK
  • methyl ethyl ketone
Classifications
  • solvent

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