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Record Information
StatusExpected but not Quantified
Creation Date2013-03-07 21:35:52 UTC
Update Date2019-07-23 07:13:09 UTC
Secondary Accession Numbers
  • HMDB59903
Metabolite Identification
Common NameDibromochloromethane
DescriptionDibromochloromethane, also known as chlorodibromomethane, belongs to the class of organic compounds known as trihalomethanes. These are organic compounds in which exactly three of the four hydrogen atoms of methane (CH4) are replaced by halogen atoms. Dibromochloromethane is possibly neutral. Dibromochloromethane is a potentially toxic compound. In humans and laboratory animals, dibromochloromethane (and bromoform) are generally absorbed quickly. If required provide artificial respiration. If necessary, the person should shower and change contaminated clothing and shoes, and then must seek medical attention. Dibromochloromethane (and bromoform) are thought to be metabolized by at least two route-independent pathways: oxidation by cytochrome P-450 mixed function oxidase system and conjugation via glutathione S-transferase. Some studies in animals indicate that exposure to high doses of dibromochloromethane may also lead to liver and the kidney injury within a short period of time. Exposure to dibromochloromethane leads to central nervous system depression, which is probably the chief cause of death in acute exposures. Dibromochloromethane is oxidized into trihalomethanol by the cytochrome P-450 mixed function oxidase system of liver. After ingestion, excretion occurs primarily by exhalation of the compound or of CO2. Trihalomethanol then decomposes by loss of hydrogen and halide ions to yield the dihalocarbonyl (an analogue of phosgene), which is a highly reactive molecule, and may undergo a number of reactions, including direct reaction with cellular nucleophiles to yield covalent adducts, reaction with two moles of glutathione (GSH) to yield CO and oxidized glutathione (GSSG), and hydrolysis to yield CO2. Rinse mouth with water (never give anything by mouth to an unconscious person). EYES: irrigate opened eyes for several minutes under running water. Seek immediate medical advice.
Chemical FormulaCHBr2Cl
Average Molecular Weight208.28
Monoisotopic Molecular Weight205.813353033
IUPAC Namedibromo(chloro)methane
Traditional Namedibromochloromethane
CAS Registry NumberNot Available
InChI Identifier
Chemical Taxonomy
Description belongs to the class of organic compounds known as trihalomethanes. These are organic compounds in which exactly three of the four hydrogen atoms of methane (CH4) are replaced by halogen atoms.
KingdomOrganic compounds
Super ClassOrganohalogen compounds
ClassAlkyl halides
Sub ClassHalomethanes
Direct ParentTrihalomethanes
Alternative Parents
  • Trihalomethane
  • Hydrocarbon derivative
  • Organochloride
  • Organobromide
  • Alkyl chloride
  • Alkyl bromide
  • Aliphatic acyclic compound
Molecular FrameworkAliphatic acyclic compounds
External Descriptors
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Physical Properties
StateNot Available
Experimental Properties
Melting PointNot AvailableNot Available
Boiling PointNot AvailableNot Available
Water SolubilityNot AvailableNot Available
LogPNot AvailableNot Available
Predicted Properties
Water Solubility4.76 g/LALOGPS
Physiological Charge0ChemAxon
Hydrogen Acceptor Count0ChemAxon
Hydrogen Donor Count0ChemAxon
Polar Surface Area0 ŲChemAxon
Rotatable Bond Count0ChemAxon
Refractivity26.98 m³·mol⁻¹ChemAxon
Polarizability10.68 ųChemAxon
Number of Rings0ChemAxon
Rule of FiveYesChemAxon
Ghose FilterNoChemAxon
Veber's RuleYesChemAxon
MDDR-like RuleNoChemAxon
Spectrum TypeDescriptionSplash KeyView
GC-MSGC-MS Spectrum - EI-B (Non-derivatized)splash10-004i-5900000000-0a5bd838330dc26d5a35Spectrum
GC-MSGC-MS Spectrum - EI-B (Non-derivatized)splash10-004i-5900000000-0a5bd838330dc26d5a35Spectrum
Predicted GC-MSPredicted GC-MS Spectrum - GC-MS (Non-derivatized) - 70eV, Positivesplash10-0adi-0960000000-88b94675ee64d5a1fa39Spectrum
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 10V, Positivesplash10-0a4i-0090000000-331858b80ef37cc92b57Spectrum
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 20V, Positivesplash10-0a4i-0090000000-331858b80ef37cc92b57Spectrum
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 40V, Positivesplash10-0a4i-0090000000-331858b80ef37cc92b57Spectrum
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 10V, Negativesplash10-0udi-0090000000-23f04d542b2a35b2e302Spectrum
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 20V, Negativesplash10-0udi-0090000000-23f04d542b2a35b2e302Spectrum
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 40V, Negativesplash10-0udi-0090000000-23f04d542b2a35b2e302Spectrum
MSMass Spectrum (Electron Ionization)splash10-004i-3900000000-2bd815439d7061bd9aa2Spectrum
1D NMR1H NMR SpectrumNot AvailableSpectrum
1D NMR13C NMR SpectrumNot AvailableSpectrum
Biological Properties
Cellular Locations
  • Membrane (predicted from logP)
Biospecimen LocationsNot Available
Tissue LocationsNot Available
Normal Concentrations
Not Available
Abnormal Concentrations
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Associated Disorders and Diseases
Disease ReferencesNone
Associated OMIM IDsNone
DrugBank IDNot Available
Phenol Explorer Compound IDNot Available
FooDB IDNot Available
KNApSAcK IDNot Available
Chemspider ID29036
KEGG Compound IDC14692
BioCyc IDNot Available
BiGG IDNot Available
Wikipedia LinkDibromochloromethane
METLIN IDNot Available
PubChem Compound31296
PDB IDNot Available
ChEBI IDNot Available
Food Biomarker OntologyNot Available
VMH IDNot Available
MarkerDB ID
Synthesis ReferenceNot Available
Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)Not Available
General References
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