Sodium thiosulfate

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White, translucent, odorless crystals. Sodium hyposulfite, or hypo, is primarily used as a fixing agent in photographic developing baths to dissolve unchanged silver halides. It is also used as an antichlor to remove excess chloride ions from bleached papers and textiles. Sodium thiosulfate is used in the chrome tanning of leathers.

Synonyms and Related Terms

hypo; sodium hyposulfite; disodium thiosulfate; hyposulfite of soda; sodium subsulfite; Blankit; Sodothiol; antichlor; sodium thiosulphate (Br.)

Chemical structure

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Other Properties

Soluble in water and ammonia solutions.

Composition Na2S2O3 - 5H2O
CAS 7772-98-7
Melting Point 48
Density 1.685
Molecular Weight mol. wt. = 158.11
Boiling Point (dec)

Hazards and Safety

May cause irritation by inhalation or contact. Ingestion may cause diarrhea.

Used as an antidote for cyanide poisoning.

Mallinckrodt Baker: MSDS

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