Title: Formicin
CAS Registry Number: 625-51-4
CAS Name: N-(Hydroxymethyl)acetamide
Additional Names: formaldehyde acetamide; methylal acetamide
Molecular Formula: C3H7NO2
Molecular Weight: 89.09
Percent Composition: C 40.44%, H 7.92%, N 15.72%, O 35.92%
Line Formula: CH3CONHCH2OH
Literature References: Obtained by warming acetamide with formaldehyde and a small amount of potash: Fuchs, Pharm. Ztg. 1905, 803; DE 164610 (1905 to Kalle).
Properties: Colorless, very hygroscopic mass. Marketed only as a slightly yellowish, syrupy liq. d 1.14-1.18. Very sol in water, alcohol; sol in chloroform, glycerol. Insol in ether.
Density: d 1.14-1.18
Use: Antiseptic, disinfectant esp for surgical instruments.

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