ammonia

noun
am·​mo·​nia | \ ə-ˈmō-nyə How to pronounce ammonia (audio) \

Definition of ammonia

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

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However, the risk is that something goes wrong—perhaps with an ammonia pump or with the solar arrays—that cannot be fixed from the ground. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "On Thursday a rocket failed. Three humans remain on the ISS. What’s next?," 11 Oct. 2018 Just as the jet-streams of Earth shape our climate, Jupiter’s jet-streams shape the clouds of ammonia cast about in the gas giant’s upper atmosphere. Fox News, "Jupiter's storms: Scientists now think they know what's causing these powerful storms," 10 Aug. 2018 If current trends continue, Sutton notes, the United Kingdom will fall short of meeting ammonia goals set for 2020. Matt Warren, Science | AAAS, "United Kingdom unveils ambitious air pollution plan," 29 May 2018 Thick ammonia clouds often obscure views of the atmosphere. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "9 massive cyclones with Category 5 hurricane wind speeds discovered on Jupiter," 7 Mar. 2018 The atmosphere is divided into wide bands like Jupiter's, although Saturn's bands are less obvious from the outside because of a thick layer of haze lying above the upper ammonia cloud deck. Carolyn Porco, Scientific American, "Cassini at Saturn: A Retrospective," 1 Oct. 2017 In March, researchers announced in the journal Chem that hair could be colored by coating it in graphene rather than using ammonia or other chemicals that penetrate and damage your lovely locks. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "20 Things You Didn't Know About ... Graphene," 13 Aug. 2018 Litter boxes can cause overexposure to ammonia causing headaches or pneumonia. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "How Cat Poop Can Affect Your Health," 9 Aug. 2018 The ammonia can cause irritation of the bronchial membranes in your lungs, and lead to lots of coughing, as well as severe injury to the tissues in your trachea and lungs. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "How Cat Poop Can Affect Your Health," 9 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of ammonia

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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ammonia

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ammonia

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

ammonia

noun
am·​mo·​nia | \ ə-ˈmō-nyə How to pronounce ammonia (audio) \

Kids Definition of ammonia

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 : a solution of ammonia and water

ammonia

noun
am·​mo·​nia | \ ə-ˈmō-nyə How to pronounce ammonia (audio) \

Medical Definition of ammonia

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

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