What is the melting point of benzocaine?


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Benzocaine melts at 198 degrees Fahrenheit. It is very stable at room temperature. Widely sold as a local anesthetic and pain reliever, it is usually in solution with other chemicals for ease of use.

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For example, Hurricaine topical anesthetic, a liquid preparation of benzocaine, is 20 percent benzocaine dissolved in polyethylene glycol 400, an inert solvent. Other liquid preparations of benzocaine use ethyl alcohol or a water-based solution. Solid benzocaine is a white powder that has limited solubility in water. It much more easily dissolves, in order of greatest solubility to least, in chloroform, ether and alcohol; it is also soluble in dilute acids.

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