Copper sulfate, dibasic

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Description

Green powder that occurs in nature as the minerals antlerite. Dibasic copper sulfate is mixed with copper hydroxide to make Bordeaux mixture. It is also found as a corrosion product on copper and bronze sculptures. Dibasic copper sulfate is used as a fungicide and insecticide.

See also antlerite and copper sulfate.

Synonyms and Related Terms

copper hydroxide sulfate; cupric subsulfate; Basi-Cop; Cuproxat; Bordeaux mixture; basic copper sulfate; basic copper sulphate (Br.); brochantite

Other Properties

Soluble in acids.

Composition CuSO4-2Cu(OH)2-H2O

Hazards and Safety

Toxic by ingestion. Strongly irritation to skin.

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 #2723