Colorless liquid when pure, rapidly
becomes violet even in absence of air. Soluble in ace-
tone, alcohol, benzene, and ether; slightly soluble
Chemical war gas.
ChEBI: An alpha-bromoketone that is acetone in which one of the hydrogens is replaced by a bromine atom. A poweful lachrymator, it was formerly used as a chemical weapon.
A clear colorless liquid turning violet on standing, even in the absence of air, and decomposing to a black resinous mass on long standing. Denser than water and poorly soluble in water. Hence sinks in water. A violent lachrymator--low concentrations are very irritating to the eyes; high concentrations or prolonged exposure at lower concentrations may have adverse health effects. Very toxic by inhalation. Contact with the liquid causes painful burns. Used as a chemical war gas.
Air & Water Reactions
Highly flammable. Soluble in water.
BROMOACETONE decomposes on standing.
Toxic by inhalation and skin contact. A
lachrymator gas, strong irritant.
Very powerful lachrymator and upper respiratory tract irritant. Intensely irritating to the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs. Corrosive to the skin.
Special Hazards of Combustion Products: Toxic fumes of Bromine
A poisonous gas.
Moderately toxic to humans by inhalation.
When heated to decomposition it emits
toxic fumes of Br-. See also BROMIDES.
Stand bromoacetone over anhydrous CaCO3, filter, distil it under low vacuum, and store it with CaCO3 in the dark at 0o. [Levene Org Synth Coll Vol II 88 1943.] Violently LACHRYMATORY and skin IRRITANT.