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Methoxyacetic acid is used in zebrafish embryotoxicity test to evaluate chemical toxicity after exposure of the complete vertebrate embryo during embryogenesis. It is also used in industry as gelling, viscosity and stabilizer reagent.
Reacts with thionyl chloride on prolonged refluxing, to give chloromethyl methyl ether, reportedly free from the highly carcinogenic bis(chloromethyl)ether: Synthesis, 727 (1984).
świechowicz, B. S.; Szymczak, W.; Budziszewska, B.; Starek, A. Testicular effect of a mixture of 2-methoxyethanol and 2-ethoxyethanol in rats. Pharmacol. Rep. 2015, 67 (2), 289-293.
Grala, A.; Pietkiewicz, M. W.; Wojewódzka, A.; Dabergut, M.; Justyniak, I.; Lewin?ski, J. Structural Diversity of Ethylzinc Carboxylates. Organometallics 2015, 34 (20), 4959-4964.
Hazard Statements: H302-H314-H335-H360FD
Harmful if swallowed. Causes severe skin burns and eye damage. May cause respiratory irritation. May damage fertility. Suspected of damaging the unborn child. May damage fertility. May damage the unborn child.
Precautionary Statements: P201-P202-P260-P264b-P270-P271-P281-P303+P361+P353-P304+P340-P305+P351+P338-P310-P330-P331-P363-P501c
Obtain special instructions before use. Do not handle until all safety precautions have been read and understood. Do not breathe dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. Wash face, hands and any exposed skin thoroughly after handling Do not eat, drink or smoke when using this product. Use only outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Use personal protective equipment as required. IF ON SKIN (or hair): Remove/Take off immediately all contaminated clothing. Rinse skin with water/shower. IF INHALED: Remove to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. Immediately call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician. Rinse mouth. Do NOT induce vomiting. Wash contaminated clothing before reuse. Dispose of contents/ container to an approved waste disposal plant