A colorless oil that smells like almonds. Benzaldehyde is primarily used in the organic synthesis of dyes. It is also used as a solvents for oils, natural resins, as well as some cellulose ethers, and cellulose esters. Benzaldehyde is found in some photographic chemicals.
Synonyms and Related Terms
benzoic aldehyde; artificial oil of almond; benzenecarbonal
Miscible with ethanol, ether, oils. Slightly soluble in water.
|Molecular Weight||mol. wt. = 106.1|
Hazards and Safety
Skin contact may cause irritation and redness. Highly toxic by ingestion. Combustible.
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
- The Merck Index, Martha Windholz (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Rahway NJ, 10th edition, 1983 Comment: entry 1085
- Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
- The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998