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2-Ethoxyethyl Acetate

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2-Ethoxyethyl Acetate is a liquid at room temperature that is used as a solvent. It can be absorbed through inhalation, ingestion, and dermally and should be avoided (#Inchem).


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Physical Information

Name: 2-Ethoxyethyl Acetate

Use: solvent


Recommended daily intake: none

Absorption: dermal, ingestion, inhalation

Sensitive individuals: all

Toxicity/symptoms: numerous symptoms. see #Health Effects below.

Regulatory facts:

Boiling Point: 156 degrees Celsius

Melting Point: -62 degrees Celsius

Recommendations: avoid

Chemical Structure


Chemical Description


Pharmacology and Metabolism

It can be absorbed dermally, inhaled, or ingested.

Health Effects

From International Programme on Chemical Safety:
"The vapor is mildly irritating to the eyes. The substance may cause effects on the blood , resulting in lesions of blood cells and kidney impairment at high levels. The substance may cause effects on the central nervous system. Exposure far above the OEL may result in unconsciousness."

"The liquid defeats the skin. The substance may have effects on the blood , resulting in lesions of blood cells, anaemiaand kidney impairment. May cause toxicity to human reproduction or development."


Avoid contact if possible. Use protective gloves, clothing and eyewear when dealing with the chemical and make sure area is well-ventilated (#Inchem). If one comes in contact, one should remove affected clothing, wash eyes immediately, and get to fresh air.

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International Programme on Chemical Safety. 2-Ethoxyethyl Acetate. Accessed on 4-30-07.

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