A highly corrosive, fuming liquid with a pungent odor. Acetyl chloride is used as a reagent to detect the presence of cholesterol and the presence of water in organic liquids.
Synonyms and Related Terms
chloride acetic acid; acetic chloride; ethanoyl chloride
Reacts violently with water.
Miscible in benzene, chloroform, ether.
|Molecular Weight||mol. wt. = 78.50|
Hazards and Safety
Flammable. Flash point = 4C Corrosive. Contact, ingestion, and inhalation destroys tissues. Lachrymator.
Reacts violently with water. Incompatible with water, alcohols, oxidizing agents, strong bases. Produces toxic combustion products: carbon monoxide, hydrogen chloride, phosgene.
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- The Merck Index, Martha Windholz (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Rahway NJ, 10th edition, 1983
- MSDS Sheet Comment: MFA, Conservation and Collections Management dept.