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Dibutyl Phthalate

Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Nov 15, 2018.

What is it?

Dibutyl phthalate (C16H22O4), or DBP, is an odorless and colorless to faint yellow oily liquid; the molecular weight is 278.35 g/mol. Dibutyl phthalate is also known as di-n-butyl phthalate. Dibutyl phthalate has various industrial uses; it is used to make flexible plastics that are found in a variety of consumer products. It appears to have relatively low acute (short-term) and chronic (long-term) toxicity. Due to concerns for toxicity, it is banned in children's toys in concentrations of 1000 ppm or greater.

[1] [1]US EPA. Dibutyl phthalate. Accessed March 30, 2014. http://www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/hlthef/di-n-but.html[]

[2] [2]FoodFacts.com Ingredient Glossary - Dibutyl Phthalate. Accessed March 30, 2014.http://www.foodfacts.com/food-ingredients/Dibutyl-Phthalate/19476

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