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[Union Carbide, subsidiary of Dow Chemical] A brand name for a series of solvents composed of ethers of Diethylene glycol. Carbitol solvents are miscible with most organic solvents as well as with water. They have been used in paint thinner formulations as well as solvents for varnishes, enamels, inks, dyestuffs, and wood stains.

Synonyms and Related Terms

2-(2-ethoxyethoxy)ethanol; diethylene glycol monoethyl ether; Cellosolve


  • Toxic by ingestion.
  • May cause skin irritation.
  • Comet Chemical: SDS

Physical and Chemical Properties

Miscible with acetone, benzene, chloroform, ethanol, ether, water.

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 303
  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • Michael McCann, Artist Beware, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York City, 1979
  • 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 1847

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