ammonia

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noun am·mo·nia \ə-ˈmō-nyə\

Definition of ammonia

  1. 1 :  a pungent colorless gaseous alkaline compound of nitrogen and hydrogen NH3 that is very soluble in water and can easily be condensed to a liquid by cold and pressure

  2. 2 :  ammonia water

Origin and Etymology of ammonia

New Latin, from Latin sal ammoniacus sal ammoniac, literally, salt of Ammon, from Greek ammōniakos of Ammon, from Ammōn Ammon, Amun, an Egyptian god near whose temple at the Siwa oasis it was extracted


First Known Use: 1789


AMMONIA Defined for English Language Learners

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noun am·mo·nia \ə-ˈmō-nyə\

Definition of ammonia for English Language Learners

  • : a colorless gas or liquid that has a strong smell and taste and that is used especially in cleaning products


AMMONIA Defined for Kids

ammonia

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noun am·mo·nia \ə-ˈmō-nyə\

Definition of ammonia for Students

  1. 1 :  a colorless gas that is a compound of nitrogen and hydrogen, has a sharp smell and taste, can be easily made liquid by cold and pressure, and is used in cleaning products and in making fertilizers and explosives

  2. 2 :  a solution of ammonia and water


Medical Dictionary

ammonia

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noun am·mo·nia \ə-ˈmō-nyə\

Medical Definition of ammonia

  1. 1:  a pungent colorless gaseous alkaline compound of nitrogen and hydrogen NH3 that is very soluble in water and can easily be condensed to a liquid by cold and pressure

  2. 2:  ammonia water



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