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Antimony Sb Appearance Metallic antimony is an extremely brittle metal of a flaky crystalline texture It is bluish white and has a metallic lustre It is not acted on by air at room temperature but burns brilliantly when heated with the formation of white fumes It is a poor conductor of heat and electricity Antimony and its compounds are toxic It is found mostly with other minerals and in stibnite In crystal form Antimony is a yellow crystal Hazards liAntimony can affect you when breathed in and by passing through your skin liExposure can irritate the eyes nose throat and skin Very high levels could cause Antimony poisoning with symptoms of nausea headaches abdominal pain trouble breathing and death liRepeated exposure can cause an abnormal chest x-ray to develop and can also damage the heart and liver o Prolonged or repeated contact can cause skin nose and mouth ulcers or sores o If used near acid a deadly gas can be formed Antimony is used in liSemiconductor technology for making infrared detectors diodes and Hall-effect devices liIn alloys with percentages ranging from 1 to 20 - greatly increases the hardness and mechanical strength of lead liBatteries antifriction alloys type metal small arms and tracer bullets cable sheathing and minor products use about half the metal produced liOxides sulphides sodium antimonate and antimony trichloride are used in manufacturing flame-proofing compounds paints ceramic enamels glass and pottery liTartar emetic hydrated potassium antimonyltartate is used in medicine liEnamels rubber compounds matches and to make metal alloys
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