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Skeletal formula of dimethylacetamide
Ball and stick model of dimethylacetamide
IUPAC name
127-19-5 YesY
Abbreviations DMA, DMAC, DMAc[2]
ChemSpider 29107 YesY
ECHA InfoCard 100.004.389
EC Number 204-826-4
Jmol 3D model Interactive image
MeSH dimethylacetamide
PubChem 31374
RTECS number AB7700000
Molar mass 87.12 g·mol−1
Appearance Colorless liquid
Odor Ammoniacal
Density 0.937 g mL−1
Melting point −20 °C (−4 °F; 253 K)
Boiling point 165.1 °C; 329.1 °F; 438.2 K
log P −0.253
Vapor pressure 300 Pa
UV-vismax) 270 nm
Absorbance 1.00
Viscosity 0.945 mPa s [3]
178.2 J K−1 mol−1
−300.1 kJ mol−1
−2.5835–−2.5805 MJ mol−1
GHS pictograms The exclamation-mark pictogram in the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) The health hazard pictogram in the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS)
GHS signal word DANGER
H312, H319, H332, H360
P280, P308+313
Toxic T
R-phrases R61, R20/21
S-phrases S45
NFPA 704
Flammability code 2: Must be moderately heated or exposed to relatively high ambient temperature before ignition can occur. Flash point between 38 and 93 °C (100 and 200 °F). E.g., diesel fuel Health code 2: Intense or continued but not chronic exposure could cause temporary incapacitation or possible residual injury. E.g., chloroform Reactivity code 0: Normally stable, even under fire exposure conditions, and is not reactive with water. E.g., liquid nitrogen Special hazards (white): no codeNFPA 704 four-colored diamond
Flash point 63 °C (145 °F; 336 K)
490 °C (914 °F; 763 K)
Explosive limits 1.8–11.5%
Lethal dose or concentration (LD, LC):
2.24 g kg−1 (dermal, rabbit)
4.3 g kg−1 (oral, rat)
4.8 g/kg (oral, rat)
4.62 g/kg (oral, mouse)[5]
2475 ppm (rat, 1 hr)[5]
US health exposure limits (NIOSH):
PEL (Permissible)
TWA 10 ppm (35 mg/m3) [skin][4]
REL (Recommended)
TWA 10 ppm (35 mg/m3) [skin][4]
IDLH (Immediate danger)
300 ppm[4]
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

Dimethylacetamide (DMA) is the organic compound with the formula CH3C(O)N(CH3)2. This colorless, water-miscible, high boiling liquid is commonly used as a polar solvent in organic synthesis. DMA is miscible with most other solvents, although it is poorly soluble in aliphatic hydrocarbons.

Synthesis, reactions, applications[edit]

DMA is prepared by the reaction of dimethylamine with acetic anhydride and esters of acetic acid. Dehydration of the salt of dimethylamine and acetic acid also furnishes this compound:[6]

CH3CO2H·HN(CH3)2 → H2O + CH3CON(CH3)2

The chemical reactions of dimethylacetamide are typical of N,N-disubstituted amides. It will hydrolyze in the presence of acids:

CH3CON(CH3)2 + H2O + HCl → CH3COOH + (CH3)2NH2+Cl

It is however resistant to bases. For this reason DMA is useful solvent for reactions involving strong bases such as sodium hydroxide.[7]

Dimethylacetamide is commonly used as a solvent for fibers (e.g., polyacrylonitrile, spandex) or in the adhesive industry.[6] It is also employed in the production of pharmaceuticals and plasticizers as a reaction medium.

Dimethylacetamide is also used as an excipient in drugs, e.g. in Vumon (teniposide), Busulfex (busulfan) or Amsidine (amsacrine).


Dimethylacetamide is a medium potency reproductive toxicant (toxic for reproduction, category 1B)[8] and may damage fertility or the unborn child. It is harmful in contact with skin or if inhaled, and causes serious eye irritation.

Dimethylacetamide can cause hepatotoxicity, including occupational dimethylacetamide exposure-induced hepatotoxicity.[9][10][11][12] At high concentrations (400 mg/kg bodyweight daily), dimethylacetamide causes effects on the central nervous system (e.g. depression, hallucinations and delusion).[13][14][15]

Dimethylacetamide may be incompatible with polycarbonate or ABS. Devices (e.g. syringes) that contain polycarbonate or ABS can dissolve when coming into contact with dimethylacetamide.[16]


In 2011, dimethylacetamide was identified in the EU as a Substance of very high concern (SVHC) because of its reproductive toxicity.[17] In 2014, the European Commission has started an investigation to restrict the use of dimethylacetamide in the EU according to REACH.[18]


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  15. ^ Weiss, A. J.; Mancall, E. L.; Koltes, J. A.; White, J. C.; Jackson, L. G. (1962). "Dimethylacetamide: A Hitherto Unrecognized Hallucinogenic Agent". Science. 136 (3511): 151–152. doi:10.1126/science.136.3511.151. PMID 14005854. 
  16. ^ FDA warns health care professionals not to use Treanda Injection (solution) with closed system transfer devices, adapters, and syringes containing polycarbonate or acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene – 10 March 2015
  17. ^ Agreement of the Member State Committee on the Identification of N,N-Dimethylacetamide (DMAC) as a Substance of Very High Concern – Adopted on 24 November 2011
  18. ^ Official Journal of the European Union, 19.8.2014, Commission Regulation (EU) No 895/2014

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