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Thioacetamide is an organosulfur compound with the formula C2H5NS. This white crystalline solid is soluble in water and serves as a source of sulfide ions in the synthesis of organic and inorganic compounds. It is a prototypical thioamide.

Structural formula of thioacetamide
Ball-and-stick model of the thioacetamide molecule
IUPAC name
Preferred IUPAC name
Other names
acetothioamide, TAA, thioacetimidic acid, TA, TAM
3D model (JSmol)
ECHA InfoCard 100.000.493
RTECS number AC8925000
Molar mass 75.13 g/mol
Appearance colourless crystals
Odor slight mercaptan
Density 1.269 g/cm3
Melting point 115 °C (239 °F; 388 K)
Boiling point decomposes
-42.45·10−6 cm3/mol
Main hazards Foul stench, carcinogenic
Safety data sheet MSDS
R-phrases (outdated) R22, R36, R37, R45
S-phrases (outdated) S45, S53
Related compounds
Related compounds
acetamide, dithioacetic acid
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Coordination chemistryEdit

Thioacetamide is widely used in classical qualitative inorganic analysis as an in situ source for sulfide ions. Thus, treatment of aqueous solutions of many metal cations to a solution of thioacetamide affords the corresponding metal sulfide:

M2+ + CH3C(S)NH2 + H2O → MS + CH3C(O)NH2 + 2 H+ (M = Ni, Pb, Cd, Hg)

Related precipitations occur for sources of soft trivalent cations (As3+, Sb3+, Bi3+) and monovalent cations (Ag+, Cu+).


Thioacetamide is prepared by treating acetamide with phosphorus pentasulfide as shown in the following idealized reaction:[1]

CH3C(O)NH2 + 1/4 P4S10 → CH3C(S)NH2 + 1/4 P4S6O4


The C2NH2S portion of the molecule is planar; the C-S and C-N distances are 1.713 and 1.324 Å, both indicating multiple bonding.[2]


Thioacetamide is carcinogen class 2B.

It is known to produce marked hepatotoxicity in exposed animals. Thioacetamide is also one of the most widely used as hepatotoxicants (carbon tetrachloride, dimethylnitrosamine, ethanol, acetaminophen, galactosamine, etc.) which is known to induce acute or chronic liver disease (fibrosis and cirrhosis), based on the dose and duration, in the experimental animal model[3]. Moreover, thioacetamide administration in rat induced hepatic encephalopathy, metabolic acidosis, increased levels of transaminases, abnormal coagulopathy, and centrilobular necrosis. which are the main features of the clinical chronic liver disease so thioacetamide can precisely replicate the initiation and progression of human liver disease in an experimental animal model

Toxicity values are 301 mg/kg in rats (LD50, oral administration), 300 mg/kg in mice (LD50, intraperitoneal administration).[4] This is evidenced by enzymatic changes, which include elevation in the levels of serum alanine transaminase, aspartate transaminase and aspartic acid.[5]


  1. ^ Schwarz, G. (1945). "2,4-Dimethylthiazole". Organic Syntheses. 25: 35.; Collective Volume, 3, p. 332
  2. ^ Truter, M. R. (1960). "An accurate determination of the crystal structure of thioacetamide". Journal of the Chemical Society. 1960: 997–1007. doi:10.1039/JR9600000997.
  3. ^ Dwivedi DK, Jena GB. "Glibenclamide protects against thioacetamide-induced hepatic damage in Wistar rat: investigation on NLRP3, MMP-2, and stellate cell activation". Springer Nature. Retrieved October 20, 2018. External link in |website= (help)
  4. ^ "HSDB: THIOACETAMIDE CASRN: 62-55-5". Hazardous Substances Data Bank.
  5. ^ Ali, S.; Ansari, K. A.; Jafry, M. A.; Kabeer, H.; Diwakar, G. (2000). "Nardostachys jatamansi protects against liver damage induced by thioacetamide in rats". Journal of Ethnopharmacology. 71 (3): 359–363. doi:10.1016/S0378-8741(99)00153-1.