Ethylene glycol monomethyl ether acetate

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A clear liquid used as a solvent. Ethylene glycol monomethyl ether acetate is commonly called by its trademark name of methyl Cellosolve® acetate. It is a powerful solvent that dissolves most natural resins and synthetic resins; it is used to make quick drying varnishes, enamels, inks, stains and nail polishes. Methyl Cellosolve® acetate is also used to print alcohol soluble dyes on textiles and to make photographic film.

Chemical structure

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Synonyms and Related Terms

methyl Cellosolve® acetate [Union Carbide]; 2-methoxyethyl acetate; 2-methoxy ethanol acetate


  • Highly toxic by ingestion, inhalation and skin absorption.
  • Potential carcinogen.
  • Combustible. Moderate fire risk.
  • PureChems: SDS

Physical and Chemical Properties

Miscible with ethanol, water, most organic solvents and oils.

Composition C5H10O3
CAS 110-49-6
Melting Point -65.1 C
Density 1.0067 g/ml
Molecular Weight mol. wt. = 118.1
Boiling Point 145 C

Resources and Citations

  • Michael McCann, Artist Beware, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York City, 1979

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