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ammonia

Line breaks: am¦mo|nia
Pronunciation: /əˈməʊnɪə
 
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Definition of ammonia in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1A colourless gas with a characteristic pungent smell, which 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).

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