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Line structure of ethiofencarb

Space-filling model of ethiofencarb
CAS number  YesY
Jmol-3D images Image 1
Molecular formula C11H15NO2S
Molar mass 225.31 g mol−1
Appearance Colorless crystals [3]
Density 1.231 g/cm3 (20 °C)[3]
Melting point 33.4 °C (92.1 °F; 306.5 K)[3]
Boiling point Decomposes upon distillation[3]
Solubility in water 1.82 g/L at 20°C [3]
Solubility In dichloromethane, isopropanol and toluene >200, hexane 5-10 [3]
Vapor pressure 0.94 mPa[3]
R-phrases R50 / R53
S-phrases S60 - S61
Main hazards Toxic if swallowed[4]
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)

Ethiofencarb is a carbamate insecticide.

Environmental fate

Ethiofencarb has an atmospheric half-life of 16 hours. When exposed to soil, ethiofencarb is moderately mobile and remains within the ground. It has been found to have a half-life of 2 weeks under greenhouse conditions. When added to water, it typically does not associate with the sediment, and can remain unchanged in an acidic environment, while it is hydrolyzed in an alkaline one. When dissolved in water, ethiofencarb is readily photodegraded by sunlight. Ethiofencarb could be transported from place to place in the environment through various natural waste pathways.[3]

Carbamate groups are hydrolyzed to produce phenols and the N-methyl group undergoes hydroxylation. Sulfur is rapidly oxidized to give ethiofencarb sulfoxide. As stated above, ethiofencarb is stable in acidic conditions, but hydrolyzes when in the presence of a base. It was found to rapidly hydrolyze at pH conditions of 9 and 12. When subjected to sunlight, the main products that resulted from photodegredation are 2-hydroxybenzaldehyde and 3-methylbenzo[e-1,3]oxazine-2-4-dione. The main reaction to occur is the precession of ethiofencarb to its sulfide. When in plants, ethiofencarb is close to optimum lipophilicity as the plant breathes. The chemical is metabolized to a sulfoxide, to a sulfone and then hydrolyzed to a phenol sulfoxide and a phenol sulfone.[5]


Rats were administered a dosage of ethiofencarb, which was radio labeled, for 10 days and their urine was analyzed. It was found that 95% of the radioactivity was urinated out within 72 hours of administration. This chemical is rapidly oxidized in the bodies of mammals, hydrolyzing to phenolic metabolites.[5]


In humans, ethiofencarb can cause muscle weakness, dizziness, flushness, excess salivation, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, blurred vision, slurred speech and twitching. If a very high dose of ethiofencarb is administered then seizures, comas or hypertension could result.[6] In severe cases, dyspnea, bronchospasms and bronchorrhea with impending pulmonary edema have been known to occur.[2]

Due to its reversible acetylcholinesterase inhibition and difficulty in crossing the blood-brain barrier, this compound is not considered highly toxic to humans, although there have been a few human deaths reported. In one case, a 56-year-old gardener who had come in contact with too much of the insecticide, was found unconscious in his car after vomiting and was taken to a hospital. He developed a severe case of pulmonary edema within an hour of admission, and after three hours, he died and 26.4 mg/L ethiofencarb, along with 0/12 g/100 mL ethanol, 37.9 mg/L ethiofencarbsulfoxide and 0.9 mg/L ethiofencarbsulfone were found in his urine analysis.[7]


Ethiofencarb is known to the [6] This chemical is no longer used or produced within the United States.


  1. ^ a b "ethiofencarb". PPDB. Retrieved 11-12-2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Ethiofencarb". PAN Pesticides Database. Carbamic acid, methyl-, 2-(ethylthiomethyl)phenyl ester , Croneton , Ethiofencarb , Ethiofencarb , ethiophencarbe , Ethiophencarp , HOX 1901 , Phenol, 2-(ethylthio)methyl 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Ethiofencarb". PubChem. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  4. ^ "Ethiofencarb". Chemical Book. Retrieved 11-11+2012. 
  5. ^ a b Roberts, Terence (1999). Metabolic Pathways of Agrochemicals: Part 2: Insecticides and Fungicides. RSC Publishing. pp. 40–44.  
  6. ^ a b "Ethiofencarb". Powered by Atlassian Confluence and Zen Foundation. Retrieved 11-12-2012. 
  7. ^ Al-Samarraie, MS; Karinen, R; Rognum, T; Hasvold, I; Opdal Stokke, M; Christophersen, AS (2009). "Lethal poisoning with ethiofencarb and ethanol". Journal of analytical toxicology 33 (7): 389–92.  
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