Tanning agents

Author: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020

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Definition
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Substances which result in tanning (conversion of the hide removed from the animal into leather) of the hide. Tanning agents have their original meaning in the leather industry.

Classification
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Basically one differentiates between the tanning agents:

  • inorganic tanning agents (alum, chrome salts) and
  • organic tanning agents.

Inorganic tanning agents, especially in the leather industry (tanning with chromium salts) do not play a major role in medicine.

Organic tanning agents can basically be divided into:

General information
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Inorganic (mineral tanning agents) tanning agents have no medical significance. The importance and use of organic, mostly vegetable tanning agents in medicine is manifold.

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020