Gentisyl Alcohol
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Title: Gentisyl Alcohol
CAS Registry Number: 495-08-9
CAS Name: 2-(Hydroxymethyl)-1,4-benzenediol
Additional Names: 2,5-dihydroxybenzyl alcohol
Molecular Formula: C7H8O3
Molecular Weight: 140.14
Percent Composition: C 59.99%, H 5.75%, O 34.25%
Literature References: A metabolic product of Penicillium patulum: Birkinshaw et al., Biochem. J. 37, 726 (1943); Brack, Helv. Chim. Acta 30, 1 (1947); Tanenbaum, Bassett, Biochim. Biophys. Acta 28, 21 (1958). Prepn from gentisaldehyde: Birkinshaw, loc. cit.
Properties: Clusters of needles from chloroform. mp 100°. Sublimes in high vacuum at 70-80° (bath temp). Freely sol in water, alcohol, ether; slightly sol in benzene, chloroform. Insol in petr ether. Upon heating with 2N H2SO4, a white amorphous precipitate is obtained. With aq NaOH: yellow color deepening to reddish brown.
Melting point: mp 100°
Status: This monograph has been retired and is no longer subject to revision or update.

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