Definition of smelling salts

: a usually scented aromatic preparation of ammonium carbonate and ammonia water used as a stimulant and restorative

First Known Use of smelling salts

1837, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of smelling salts was in 1837

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“Smelling salts.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/smelling%20salts. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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smelling salts

noun

English Language Learners Definition of smelling salts

: a chemical that has a strong smell and that is used to wake people up after they faint

Medical Definition of smelling salts

: a usually scented aromatic preparation of ammonium carbonate and ammonia water used as a stimulant and restorative

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