One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A toxic crystalline acid containing arsenic, used as a herbicide.
Chemical formula: (CH₃)₂AsO(OH)
- ‘Fires may produce irritating and/or poisonous gases if cacodylic acid is burned.’
- ‘Large dietary doses of cacodylic acid for extended periods of time decrease fertility.’
- ‘Sodium cacodylate and cacodylic acid are likely to have similar toxicologic characteristics.’
- ‘Finally two studies implicated interaction of cacodylic acid with the sulfhydryl compound glutathione, and induction of metallothionein.’
- ‘The local irritant effects of cacodylic acid are minimal compared to those of arsenic.’
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