Question of the Day – Wednesday November 13, 2019

Question – What is the more commonly used chemical name of the compound dichloromethane?

 

Answer- The more commonly used chemical name of the compound dichloromethane is methylene chloride. The cited reference notes “Methylene chloride (CH2Cl2) is a colorless liquid that can harm the eyes, skin, liver, and heart. Exposure can cause dowsiness, dizziness, numbness and tingling limbs, and nausea. Severe exposure can cause loss of consciousness and death. Workers may be harmed from exposure to methylene chloride. The level of exposure depends upon the dose, duration, and work being done.” (https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/methylenechloride/; accessed August 2019)