It is mostly used by pharmaceutical companies and in the manufacturing process. It is also commonly used for recreational purposes as an inhalant drug. It is a lightweight hydrocarbon used chiefly as a nonpolar solvent. The extract of aerial parts of ageratum conyzoids in petroleum ether plays an essential role for the isolation of sigmasterol and beta sitosterol. Crude petroleum spirit and methanol extracts also play an important role for the screening of antimicrobial activity of the stem bark, leaves and roots of Ficus thoningii.
Chen, L.; Shen, X.; Chen, G.; Cao, X.; Yang, J. Effect of Three-spot Seahorse Petroleum Ether Extract on Lipopolysaccharide Induced Macrophage RAW264.7 Inflammatory Cytokine Nitric Oxide and Composition Analysis. J Oleo Sci. 2015, 64 (9), 933-942.
Talukder, D.; Haque, A. M..; Zaman, S.; Islam, M. S.; Islam, M. N.; Khatun, A. Insecticidal activity of different fractions of petroleum ether extract of Zingiber cassumunar rhizome against Tribolium castaneum. Bangladesh J. Sci. Ind. Res. 2015, 50 (2), 143-152.
Indicaciones de peligro (UE): H225-H340-H350-H304
Highly flammable liquid and vapour. May cause genetic defects. May cause cancer. May be fatal if swallowed and enters airways.
Indicaciones de precaución: P210-P201-P301+P310a-P303+P361+P353-P405-P501a
Keep away from heat/sparks/open flames/hot surfaces. - No smoking. Obtain special instructions before use. IF SWALLOWED: IF ON SKIN (or hair): Remove/Take off immediately all contaminated clothing. Rinse skin with water/shower. Store locked up. Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.