Introduction on RDX and Its Toxicity

  • RDX stands for Royal Demolition eXplosive. It is also known as cyclonite or hexogen. The chemical name for RDX is hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine.
  • It is a white powder, its odor and taste are unknown. RDX is used as an explosive and is also used in combination with other ingredients in explosives.
  • RDX is a synthetic product that does not occur naturally in the environment. It creates fumes when it is burned with other substances.
  • RDX is toxic to all high organisms tested so far -- cytotoxicity, genotoxicity, neurotoxicity, or possible carcinogenicity (EPA class C). RDX toxicity in rat and human is mainly dominated by acute clonic-tonic seizures at high doses.

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This page was first setup on May 11, 2011, last updated by Dr. Jeff Chen on June 27, 2011.