A yellow, oily liquid that produces poisonous fumes. Arsenic trichloride was, at one time, used as an Insecticide on some ethnographic objects. (Goldberg, 1996).
Synonyms and Related Terms
butter of arsenic; fuming liquid arsenic; arsenic chloride; arsenious chloride; arsenous chloride; caustic arsenic chloride
Highly toxic by ingestion and inhalation. Carcinogen and mutagen. Strongly irritating to skin.
Physical and Chemical Properties
Soluble in hydrochloric acid and most organic solvents. Decomposed by water.
|Melting Point||-18 C|
|Molecular Weight||mol. wt. = 181.2|
|Boiling Point||130.5 C|
Resources and Citations
- L. Goldberg, A History Of Pest Control Measures In The Anthropology Collections, National Museum Of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, JAIC (35):23-43, 1996
- Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
- Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
- The Merck Index, Martha Windholz (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Rahway NJ, 10th edition, 1983 Comment: entry 841