A white amorphous powder that occurs in nature as the mineral Brucite. An aqueous slurry of magnesium hydroxide produces a solution with a pH of 10. Magnesium hydroxide is used as an antacid and laxative. It is also used in the manufacture of paper pulp.
Synonyms and Related Terms
magnesium hydrate; milk of magnesia; magnesia magma; Magnesiumhydroxid (Deut.); hidróxido de magnesio (Esp.)
Soluble in dilute acids and ammonium salt solutions. Insoluble in water.
|Melting Point||350 (dec)|
|Molecular Weight||mol. wt. = 58.34|
Hazards and Safety
Ingestion produces a laxative effect. Contact may cause irritation. Noncombustible.
Mallinckrodt Baker: MSDS
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982
- The Merck Index, Susan Budavari (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Whitehouse Station, NJ, 12th Edition, 1996 Comment: entry 5706
- Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993