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Carbon Disulfide

CAS ID #: 75-15-0

Affected Organ Systems: Cardiovascular (Heart and Blood Vessels), Hepatic (Liver), Musculoskeletal (Muscles and Skeleton), Neurological (Nervous System), Ocular (Eyes)

Cancer Classification: None

Chemical Classification: Volatile organic compounds

Summary: Pure carbon disulfide is a colorless liquid with a pleasant odor that is like the smell of chloroform. The impure carbon disulfide that is usually used in most industrial processes is a yellowish liquid with an unpleasant odor, like that of rotting radishes. Carbon disulfide evaporates at room temperature, and the vapor is more than twice as heavy as air. It easily explodes in air and also catches fire very easily. In nature, small amounts of carbon disulfide are found in gases released to the earth’s surface as, for example, in volcanic eruptions or over marshes. Commercial carbon disulfide is made by combining carbon and sulfur at very high temperatures

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