Dark green crystals that form a deep blue aqueous solution. Methylene blue was first prepared in 1876 by Caro. It is a synthetic aniline dye that was used a lightfast colorant for cotton, silk, and wool (often with zinc as a mordant). Methylene blue is used as a biological stain for bacteria and as an indicator in oxidation-reduction reactions. Methylene blue is also used as a disinfectant and an antidote for cyanide poisoning.
Synonyms and Related Terms
methylthionine chloride; Basic Blue 9; CI 52015; Solvent Blue 8; 3,7-bis(dimethylamino)phenothiazin-5-ium chloride; azul de metileno (Esp.); azul de metileno (Port.); methyl blue; solvent blue; Basic Lake Blue; Swiss blue
Soluble in water, ethanol, chloroform. pH of aq. solution = 3 - 4.5
Insoluble in ether.
|Melting Point||190 (dec)|
|Molecular Weight||mol. wt. = 319.85|
Hazards and Safety
Toxic by ingestion and inhalation. Contact may cause irritation.
Flammable. Flash point = 178 C.
Fisher Scientific: MSDS
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
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