The last time I went to my junior college I remember seeing huge blue colored drums labeled ethyl phthalate. So just out of curiosity I decided to check upon this compound. Wikipedia entry containes some information about it's toxicity and usage, but I couldn't understand that part clearly. Could someone help me by listing the possible uses and properties of ethyl phthalate?

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    $\begingroup$ It's commonly used as an organic solvent is fairly benign as such things go. Was this in a chemistry department storage facility of similar? $\endgroup$
    – airhuff
    Apr 21 '17 at 18:02

German Wiki article contains more use-cases for ethyl phthalate:

  • Formulation auxiliaries for plant protection products
  • Fixer for fragrances;
  • In the process of ethanol denaturing (in cosmetics this product is denoted as Alcohol denat.);
  • In manufacturing of cellulose esters as a very well-gelling and light-resistant plasticizer;
  • A plasticizer for cellulose-based varnish binders and as enteric coating for medicaments;
  • A part of cosmetic products due to its film-forming, softening and hair-conditioning properties;
  • Explosives phlegmatizer;
  • A carrier in the dyeing process of cellulose acetate or triacetate fibers.

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