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Ethyl Butyrate

Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)

What is it?

Ethyl butyrate (C6H12O2) also known as ethyl butanoate, or butyric ether is an ester. Ethyl butyrate is used as an extract, as a flavoring or perfume, and as a solvent. It is a colorless liquid with a banana, orange or pineapple odor, and it is flammable. Exposure to ethyl butyrate can irritate the skin, eye, nose and throat.[1]

[1] [1]NJ Dept. of Health and Senior Services. Hazardous Substances Facts Sheet. Dec. 1998. Accessed April 1, 2014. http://nj.gov/health/eoh/rtkweb/documents/fs/0862.pdf

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