CAS ID #: 542-88-1
Affected Organ Systems: Neurological (Nervous System), Respiratory (From the Nose to the Lungs)
Cancer Effects: Known to be a Human Carcinogen
Chemical Classification: Nitrosamines/ethers/alcohols
Summary: Bis(chloromethyl) ether is a clear liquid with a strong unpleasant odor. It does not occur naturally. It dissolves easily in water, but degrades rapidly and readily evaporates into air. In the past, it was used to make several types of polymers, resins, and textiles, but its use is now highly restricted. Only small quantities of bis(chloromethyl) ether are produced in the United States. The small quantities that are produced are only used in enclosed systems to make other chemicals. However, small quantities of bis(chloromethyl) ether may be formed as an impurity during the production of another chemical, chloromethyl methyl ether.
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