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Sodii Ethylas. Sodium Ethylate. - NaC2H2O = 67.90. (Not official.)
A deliquescent, caustic salt in white or whitish crystals.
Preparation. B. P. not official.
Sodium, I; Ethylic Alcohol, 20. Characters. - A clear, syrupy liquid, changing to brown in keeping. This preparation has a sp. gr. of 0.567. It should be freshly made when wanted.
This is used locally as a mild caustic to remove naevi and other growths. It is applied with a pointed glass rod for two or three days; then a scab forms; when this has fallen off, the treatment may be repeated. Sodium ethylate is, perhaps, our best caustic.