- RDX stands for Royal
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.