Boric Acid

Patrick McCafferty Lank, M. Wahl

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Boric acid is a white powder or colorless crystal that is a weak acid of boron. It was previously used as an antiseptic and is now more frequently used as an insecticide and in a number of manufacturing processes. In small acute ingestions, it is generally benign but massive ingestion or repeated exposures can cause a toxicity characterized by gastroenteritis with green-blue vomit or diarrhea, characteristic 'boiled lobster' skin changes, and renal injury with the potential of being fatal. In severe cases, hemodialysis can be considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Toxicology
Subtitle of host publicationThird Edition
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9780123864543
ISBN (Print)9780123864550
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014


  • Blue vomit
  • Boiled lobster
  • Borate
  • Boric acid
  • Boron
  • Green vomit

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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