A dense, odorless, colorless liquid used as a solvent and a methylating agent. Dimethyl sulfoxide is obtained as a byproduct from the sulfite pulping paper making procedure. DMSO is used in paint and varnish removers. It is also used in the production of acrylonitrile fibers.
Synonyms and Related Terms
DMSO; dimethylsulfoxide; methylsulfoxide; sulfinylbismethane
- Combustible. Flash point= 89C (192F)
- Vapors and liquid may be absorbed through the skin causing irritation.
- ThermoFisher: SDS
Physical and Chemical Properties
Soluble in water, ethanol, benzene, acetone, chloroform.
|Melting Point||18.5 C|
|Molecular Weight||mol. wt. = 78.13|
|Boiling Point||188 C|
Resources and Citations
- Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
- The Dictionary of Paper, American Paper Institute, New York, Fourth Edition, 1980
- The Merck Index, Martha Windholz (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Rahway NJ, 10th edition, 1983
- CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, Robert Weast (ed.), CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, v. 61, 1980 Comment: ref. index=1.476