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Descriptor English: Formaldehyde
Descriptor Spanish: Formaldehído
Descriptor Portuguese: Formaldeído
Descriptor French: Formaldéhyde
Entry term(s): Formalin
Formol
Methanal
Oxomethane
Tree number(s): D02.047.407
RDF Unique Identifier: https://id.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/D005557
Scope note: A highly reactive aldehyde gas formed by oxidation or incomplete combustion of hydrocarbons. In solution, it has a wide range of uses: in the manufacture of resins and textiles, as a disinfectant, and as a laboratory fixative or preservative. Formaldehyde solution (formalin) is considered a hazardous compound, and its vapor toxic. (From Reynolds, Martindale The Extra Pharmacopoeia, 30th ed, p717)
Allowable Qualifiers: AA analogs & derivatives
AD administration & dosage
AE adverse effects
AG agonists
AI antagonists & inhibitors
AN analysis
BL blood
CF cerebrospinal fluid
CH chemistry
CL classification
CS chemical synthesis
EC economics
HI history
IM immunology
IP isolation & purification
ME metabolism
PD pharmacology
PK pharmacokinetics
PO poisoning
RE radiation effects
SD supply & distribution
ST standards
TO toxicity
TU therapeutic use
UR urine
Pharm Action: Disinfectants
Fixatives
Registry Number: 1HG84L3525
CAS Type 1 Name: Formaldehyde
DeCS ID: 5691
Unique ID: D005557
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Date Established: 1966/01/01
Date of Entry: 1999/01/01
Revision Date: 2013/07/08
Formaldehyde - Preferred
Concept UI M0008753
Scope note A highly reactive aldehyde gas formed by oxidation or incomplete combustion of hydrocarbons. In solution, it has a wide range of uses: in the manufacture of resins and textiles, as a disinfectant, and as a laboratory fixative or preservative. Formaldehyde solution (formalin) is considered a hazardous compound, and its vapor toxic. (From Reynolds, Martindale The Extra Pharmacopoeia, 30th ed, p717)
Preferred term Formaldehyde
Entry term(s) Methanal
Oxomethane
Formol - Related but not broader or narrower
Concept UI M0008754
Preferred term Formol
Formalin - Narrower
Concept UI M0372970
Preferred term Formalin



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