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It is used in heat-exchange media, metal polishes, and thinners for lacquers/varnishes. Also used to make para-cresol, carvacrol, and synthetic resins. It is also used as a component of commercial terpene solvent mixtures.
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A.J. Poulose.; Rodney Croteau. Biosynthesis of aromatic monoterpenes: Conversion of γ-terpinene to p-cymene and thymol in Thymus vulgaris L.Arch. Biochem. Biophys.1978,187(2), 307-314.
High-boiling solvent, e.g. in the Claisen allyl ether rearrangement: Org. Synth. Coll., 7, 177 (1990). For reaction scheme, see Allyl alcohol, A15026.
Hazard Statements: H226-H302-H315-H319-H335
Flammable liquid and vapour. Harmful if swallowed. Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye irritation. May cause respiratory irritation.
Precautionary Statements: P210-P261-P303+P361+P353-P305+P351+P338-P405-P501a
Keep away from heat/sparks/open flames/hot surfaces. - No smoking. Avoid breathing dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. IF ON SKIN (or hair): Remove/Take off immediately all contaminated clothing. Rinse skin with water/shower. 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.