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Methyl benzoate is a colourless liquid with a characteristic odour of aromatic compounds. Its freezing point is -14.5 °C and its boiling point is 199.5 °C. The dynamic viscosity of the substance is 1.94 mPa · s at 23 °C. The substance has a relative density of 1.0878, a water solubility of 2100 mg/L and a log Kow of 2.2 at 20 °C. The vapour pressure is 50.7 Pa at 25 °C. The flash point of the substance at 1013 hPa is 77 °C and the auto-ignition temperature is 542 ± 5 °C at standard atmospheric pressure. Methyl benzoate is non-flammable, non-explosive and non-oxidising.