A colorless, volatile liquid that is used as a solvent and cleaning agent. Methylene chloride is a highly effective solvent for many synthetic resins, oils, greases, and waxes. It is found in paint removers and as aerosol propellants. Methylene chloride can also be used as an insecticide.
Synonyms and Related Terms
dichloromethane (IUPAC); methylene dichloride; methylene bichloride; DMC
Miscible with ethanol, ether and dimethylformamide. Slightly soluble in water.
|Molecular Weight||mol. wt. = 84.9|
Hazards and Safety
Inhalation produces a sedative like effect. Ingestion can cause lung irritation, it may decompose to form carbon monoxide and may result in a heart attack. Suspected carcinogen.
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