(2,4,5-Trichlorophenoxy)acetic acid

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2,4,5-Trichlorophenoxyacetic acid
2,4,5-Trichlorophenoxyacetic acid
Ball-and-stick model of 2,4,5-T
IUPAC name
(2,4,5-Trichlorophenoxy)acetic acid
Other names
2,4,5-Trichlorophenoxyacetic acid
3D model (JSmol)
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RTECS number
  • AJ8400000
  • InChI=1S/C8H5Cl3O3/c9-4-1-6(11)7(2-5(4)10)14-3-8(12)13/h1-2H,3H2,(H,12,13) checkY
  • InChI=1/C8H5Cl3O3/c9-4-1-6(11)7(2-5(4)10)14-3-8(12)13/h1-2H,3H2,(H,12,13)
  • Clc1cc(OCC(=O)O)c(Cl)cc1Cl
Molar mass 255.48 g/mol
Appearance Off-white to yellow crystalline solid
Odor odorless
Density 1.80 g/cm3, 20 °C
Melting point 154 to 158 °C (309 to 316 °F; 427 to 431 K)
Boiling point decomposes[1]
238 mg/kg (30 °C)
Vapor pressure 1×10−7 mmHg[1]
R-phrases (outdated) 22-36/37/38-50/53
S-phrases (outdated) 24-60-61
Lethal dose or concentration (LD, LC):
381 mg/kg (guinea pig, oral)
300 mg/kg (rat, oral)
425 mg/kg (hamster, oral)
242 mg/kg (mouse, oral)[2]
NIOSH (US health exposure limits):
PEL (Permissible)
TWA 10 mg/m3[1]
REL (Recommended)
TWA 10 mg/m3[1]
IDLH (Immediate danger)
250 mg/m3[1]
Related compounds
Related compounds
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Infobox references

2,4,5-Trichlorophenoxyacetic acid (also known as 2,4,5-T), a synthetic auxin, is a chlorophenoxy acetic acid herbicide used to defoliate broad-leafed plants. It was developed in the late 1940s and was widely used in the agricultural industry until being phased out, starting in the late 1970s due to toxicity concerns. Agent Orange, a defoliant used by the British in the Malayan Emergency and the U.S. in the Vietnam War, was equal parts 2,4,5-T and 2,4-D (2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid). 2,4,5-T itself is toxic with a NOAEL of 3 mg/kg/day and a LOAEL of 10 mg/kg/day.[3] Additionally, the manufacturing process for 2,4,5-T contaminates this chemical with trace amounts of 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD). TCDD is a carcinogenic persistent organic pollutant with long-term effects on the environment. With proper temperature control during production of 2,4,5-T, TCDD levels can be held to about .005 ppm.[citation needed] Before the TCDD risk was well understood, early production facilities lacked proper temperature controls and individual batches tested later were found to have as much as 60 ppm of TCDD.[citation needed]

In 1970, the United States Department of Agriculture halted the use of 2,4,5-T on all food crops except rice, and in 1985, the EPA terminated all remaining uses in the U.S. of this herbicide. In Canada, the use and sale of 2,4,5-T was prohibited after 1985.[4] The international trade of 2,4,5-T is restricted by the Rotterdam Convention. 2,4,5-T has since largely been replaced by dicamba and triclopyr.

Human health effects from 2,4,5-T at low environmental doses or at biomonitored levels from low environmental exposures are unknown. Intentional overdoses and unintentional high dose occupational exposures to chlorophenoxy acid herbicides have resulted in weakness, headache, dizziness, nausea, abdominal pain, myotonia, hypotension, renal and hepatic injury, and delayed neuropathy. Cometabolism of 2,4,5-T is possible to produce 3,5-dichlorocatechol[5] which, in turn, can be degraded by Pseudomonas bacteria.[6] IARC considers the chlorophenoxyacetic acids group of chemicals as possibly carcinogenic to humans.[7] In 1963 a production vessel for 2,4,5-T exploded in the Philips-Duphar plant in the Netherlands.[8] Six workers that cleaned up afterwards got seriously intoxicated and developed chloracne.[8] After twelve years, four of the six cleaners had died.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c d e NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards. "#0583". National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
  2. ^ "2,4,5-T". Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health Concentrations (IDLH). National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
  3. ^ Pamela Sodhy (1991). The US-Malaysian nexus: Themes in superpower-small state relations. Institute of Strategic and International Studies, Malaysia. pp. 284–290.
  4. ^ "Backgrounder: 2,4,5-T Use in Ontario". Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. 13 June 2013. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  5. ^ Raymond S. Horvath (June 1972), Microbial Co-Metabolism and the Degradation of Organic Compounds in Nature, Bacteriological Reviews, American Society for Microbiology, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 146–155
  6. ^ A. M. Chakrabarty (1976), "Plasmids in Pseudomonas", Annual Review of Genetics, Annual Review of Genetics, Vol. 10, 10: 7–30, doi:10.1146/annurev.ge.10.120176.000255, PMID 797315
  7. ^ CDC, Biomonitoring Summary
  8. ^ a b Saxena, Jitendra (2013-10-22). Hazard Assessment of Chemicals: Current Developments. Elsevier. ISBN 9781483261898.

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