Acetophenone is a colorless liquid or white crystal, with characteristic odor.
Layman's explanation:Acetophenone can be used as a fragrance ingredient in soaps,
detergents, and perfumes; as a flavoring agent in foods, nonalcoholic
beverages, and tobacco; and as a solvent for polymers. It is released
into the environment from a variety of combustion processes and may be
released during its manufacture, and its use in certain perfumes.
Acetophenone has been detected in ambient air and drinking water;
exposure of the general public may occur through the inhalation of
contaminated air or the consumption of contaminated water. Acute exposure
of humans to the vapors of acetophenone may produce skin irritation and transient
corneal injury. Acute oral exposure has been observed to cause hypnotic
or sedative effects, hematological effects, and a weakened pulse.
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