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ammonia

Syllabification: am·mo·nia
Pronunciation: /əˈmōnyə
 
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Definition of ammonia in English:

noun

1A colorless gas with a characteristic pungent smell. It dissolves in water to give a strongly alkaline solution.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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).

Words that rhyme with ammonia

Amazonia, Antonia, Babylonia, begonia, bonier, Catalonia, catatonia, Cephalonia, Estonia, Ionia, Laconia, Livonia, Macedonia, mahonia, Patagonia, pneumonia, pogonia, Rondônia, sinfonia, Snowdonia, valonia, zirconia

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