ammonium nitrate

noun

: a colorless crystalline salt NH4NO3 used in explosives and fertilizers and in veterinary medicine

Examples of ammonium nitrate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The death is one of 27 in the U.S. caused by the faulty inflators, which used volatile ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion to inflate airbags in a crash. CBS News, 29 May 2024 Due to its strategic location, Baltimore serves as a pivotal coastal port for distributing urea ammonium nitrate to key agricultural regions. Robert Rapier, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 The Port of Baltimore also handles significant imports of urea ammonium nitrate, amounting to approximately 2,000 BPD in 2023. Robert Rapier, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 Rights groups and local media revealed that most state officials knew of the presence of hundreds of tons of ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive material used in fertilizers that had been improperly stored there for years, in the port. Fox News, 16 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for ammonium nitrate 

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Word History

First Known Use

1866, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ammonium nitrate was in 1866

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“Ammonium nitrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ammonium%20nitrate. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

ammonium nitrate

noun
: a colorless crystalline salt used in explosives and fertilizers

Medical Definition

ammonium nitrate

noun
: a colorless crystalline salt NH4NO3 used in explosives and fertilizers and in veterinary medicine as an expectorant and urinary acidifier

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