Name: magnesium hydroxide
CAS Number: 1309-42-8
Molar Mass: 58.31968 g
Mass Percent: Mg 41.675 %; O 54.867 %; H 3.4566 %
• "Antacid; cathartic. Laxative." 1
• "Demand for magnesium hydroxide is growing because of environmental concerns. It is finding new applications as a substitute for NaOH, CaO, and Na2CO3 in treating waster aqueous acid streams, since, because of its poor solubility, it neutralizes acida without the risk of raising the pH of the solution above 9, the limit set by newet pollution restrictions in the United States. In anticipation of moves to phase out organochlorine compounds, manufacturers are also introducing magnesium hydroxide in place of chlorinated organic flame retardants in plastics; endothermic decomposition of Mg(OH)2 to MgO and water vapor stops the spread of combustion." 2
• "Defluoridation [in chemical water analysis]" 3
NFPA 704 Ratings:
Health: 1 - Exposure would cause irritation with only minor residual injury.
Flammability: 0 - Will not burn.
Reactivity: 0 - Normally stable, even under fire exposure conditions, and is not reactive with water.
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