lead tetraethyl -->
tetraethyl lead
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A highly toxic compound used as a gasoline additive as an anti-knock compound.

It causes acute toxic psychosis or chronic poisoning if inhaled or absorbed through the skin. It has a toxic action causing anorexia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, tremors, muscular weakness, insomnia, irritability, nervousness, and anxiety, death may occur.

Synonyms: lead tetraethyl, tetraethylplumbane

Chemical name: plumbane, tetraethyl-

(12 Dec 1998)