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Arsenic Detection

CAS Number: 7440-38-2

Properties

Arsenic (As) is a fairly common fragile crystalline metalloid ranging in colour from silver-white to black. All compounds containing arsenic are toxic and when they come into contact with acid or acid vapour, a highly toxic gas (arsine) occurs.

Dangers

It frequently affects the function of the digestive organs, causing loss of appetite, convulsions, nausea, constipation or diarrhea, hepatic disorders, and in severe cases, blood may be vomited up or found in feces, leading to a state of collapse or shock, and in extreme cases may be fatal. Moreover, it is considered to have carcinogenic effects on skin, lungs, and liver, too.

Where is it found

Arsenic can be produced industrially through a chemical reaction using carbon to reduce arsenious acid in to its elements. Arsenic is mainly used in insecticides, herbicides, desiccants, and in semiconductor fabrication.

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