2-Butanone

CAS ID#: 78-93-3

Affected Organ Systems: Dermal (Skin), Neurological (Nervous System), Ocular (Eyes), Respiratory (From the Nose to the Lungs)

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Chemical Classification: Volatile organic compounds

Summary: 2-Butanone is a manufactured chemical but it is also present in the environment from natural sources. It is a colorless liquid with a sharp, sweet odor. It is also known as methyl ethyl ketone (MEK). 2-Butanone is produced in large quantities. Nearly half of its use is in paints and other coatings because it will quickly evaporate into the air and it dissolves many substances. It is also used in glues and as a cleaning agent. 2-Butanone occurs as a natural product. It is made by some trees and found in some fruits and vegetables in small amounts. It is also released to the air from car and truck exhausts.

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