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Abbreviation for butylated hydroxyanisole.
BHAbutylated hydroxyanisole, an antioxidant used in foods, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals that contain fats or oils.
BHAA waxy combination of 2-tert-butyl-4-hydroxyanisole and 3-tert-butyl-4-hydroxyanisole, which is an antioxidant.
BHA-rich diets in pregnant mice allegedly reduce cholinesterase activity in offspring, and impact on their level of aggressiveness, sleep patterns and weight.
Uncertain; BHA has been linked to neoplasia of squamous epithelium, including papillomas and squamous cell carcinoma.
Heart palpitations, headaches, nausea, nerve damage.
BHA is used as a preservative in foods, feeds, cosmetics, rubbers, drugs (e.g., statins and isoretinoin) and in petroleum products. BHA is used in food processing and packaging to prevent fats and oils from becoming rancid.