Definition of ammonia in English:

ammonia

Syllabification: am·mo·nia
Pronunciation: /əˈmōnyə, -nēə
 
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noun

  • 1A colorless gas with a characteristic pungent smell. It dissolves in water to give a strongly alkaline solution.
    • Chemical formula: NH3
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    • He isolated around twenty different airs, including hydrogen chloride, nitric oxide, and ammonia.
    • In the Solvay process, carbon dioxide and ammonia are passed into a concentrated solution of sodium chloride.
    • When ammonia is reacted with nitric acid, ammonium nitrate is produced.
  • 1.1A solution of ammonia used as a cleaning fluid.
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    • And I'll remember to stock up on ammonia to clean the eggs off my door the next day when I do
    • Make a mixture of detergent and ammonia for cleaning the walls.
    • The fluid smelt of ammonia and the victim was taken to hospital with stinging eyes after his attacker fled.

Origin

late 18th century: modern Latin, from sal ammoniacus (see sal ammoniac).

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