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It finds its applications in organic synthesis. It is used for a popular cellulose assay and in the colorometric determination of carbohydrates in body fluids and of animal starch in liver tissue. The anthrones are used in pharmacy as laxative. They stimulate the motion of the colon and are responsible for less water reabsorption. They may only be used for a short amount of time, because long time use may lead to loss of electrolytes.
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Hazard Statements: H315-H319-H350-H335
Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye irritation. May cause cancer. May cause respiratory irritation.
Precautionary Statements: P201-P261-P280-P305+P351+P338-P405-P501a
Obtain special instructions before use. Avoid breathing dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. Store locked up. Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.