Dinitrotoluenes

CAS ID#: 121-14-2, 606-20-2

Affected Organ Systems: Cardiovascular (Heart and Blood Vessels), Hematological (Blood Forming), Neurological (Nervous System), Reproductive (Producing Children)

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Chemical Classification: None

Summary: Both 2,4-DNT and 2,6-DNT are pale yellow solids with a slight odor. They are two of the six forms of the chemical called dinitrotoluene (DNT). DNT is not a natural substance. It is made by mixing toluene with nitric acid. DNT is usually used to make flexible polyurethane foams used in the bedding and furniture industries. DNT is also used to produce explosives, ammunition, and dyes. It is also used in the air bags of automobiles.

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