Monoethylene glycol

Monoethylene glycol


Other names: Ethylene glycol, 1,2-Ethanediol, Ethylene alcohol, Hypodicarbonous acid, 1,2-Dihydroxyethane

Ethylene glycol (IUPAC name: ethane-1,2-diol) is an organic compound with the formula (CH2OH)2. It is mainly used for two purposes, as a raw material in the manufacture of polyester fibers and for antifreeze formulations. It is an odorless, colorless, sweet-tasting, viscous liquid. Ethylene glycol is moderately toxic.

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Ethylene glycol is a high-production-volume chemical; it breaks down in air in about 10 days and in water or soil in a few weeks. It enters the environment through the dispersal of ethylene glycol-containing products, especially at airports, where it is used in deicing agents for runways and aeroplanes. While prolonged low doses of ethylene glycol show no toxicity, at near lethal doses (≥ 1000 mg/kg per day) ethylene glycol acts as a teratogen. “Based on a rather extensive database, it induces [skeletal variations and malformations] in rats and mice by all routes of exposure.”This molecule has been observed in outer space.