Medical Definition of Ethyl acrylate

  • Medical Author:
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

Ethyl acrylate: A substance used in the production of polymers including resins, plastics, rubber, and denture material.

The US government removed ethyl acrylate from its list of potential cancer-causing agents in 2000. Although ethyl acrylate induces tumors in animals, it only does so when the chemical is given by mouth at such high concentrations that there is severe persistent injury to the stomach. Comparable "significant chronic human oral exposure to (comparably) high concentrations of ethyl acrylate" was deemed by the government to be "unlikely."

Reviewed on 9/7/2018

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