bis ether

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A volatile, colorless liquid produced by the reaction of methyl alcohol, formaldehyde, and anhydrous hydrogen chloride, used in the manufacture of a range of important substances, including ion-exchange resins, bactericides, and pesticides. BCME and related chemicals, such as chloromethyl methyl ether (which has similar industrial uses), are powerfully carcinogenic, causing lung cancer after occupational exposure to the fumes. Workers engaged in manufacture and use of these substances must therefore wear respirators.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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