What Is the Systematic Name of PbO?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 28, 2020 1:36:25 AM ET

The systematic name of the compound PbO is lead(II) oxide. This substance is also commonly referred to as lead monoxide, lead oxide and plumbous oxide.

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Lead(II) oxide is an inorganic compound that can take on two different crystal structures, or polymorphs. One structure is tetragonal, and the other is orthorhombic. Lead(II) oxide can be fatal if ingested, and exposure to the substance can be harmful to the skin, eyes, gums, kidneys, blood, respiratory tract and central nervous system.

Most methods for producing lead(II) oxide involve oxidizing lead at very high temperatures, and it is used in the manufacture of industrial glass and industrial ceramics.