smelling salt


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smelling salt

Etymology: ME, smellen + AS, sealt
aromatized ammonium carbonate to which may be added ammonia. It is used as a stimulant to arouse a person who has fainted.

smelling salt

A colloquial term for aromatic spirits of ammonia. When the sealed capsule is opened, pungent ammonia gas is released.
CAS # 506-87-6
See also: salt
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