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Title: Kaolin
Additional Names: Bolus alba; China clay; porcelain clay; white bole; argilla
Literature References: Essentially a hydrated aluminum silicate, approximately H2Al2Si2O8.H2O. Prepared for pharmaceutical and medicinal purposes by levigating with water to remove sand, etc.
Properties: White or yellowish-white, earthy mass or white powder; unctuous when moist. Insol in water, cold acids or in alkali hydroxides.
CAUTION: Potential symptoms of overexposure are chronic pulmonary fibrosis, stomach granuloma. See NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards (DHHS/NIOSH 97-140, 1997) p 182.
Use: Manuf porcelain, pottery, bricks, Portland cement; ultramarine, color lakes, refractory mortar; plaster material, filler for paper; electric and heat insulators; clarifying liquids; drying and emollient agent.
Therap-Cat: Adsorbent.
Therap-Cat-Vet: Topical and G.I. adsorbent. Poultice.

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