Definition of smelling salts

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

Examples of smelling salts in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From the moment that Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) rose from a lake dripping wet in a white shirt, Pride and Prejudice fans were reaching for their smelling salts. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 30 Mar. 2022 The nurse attempted to revive James using smelling salts. Drake Bentley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 Mar. 2022 Someone please pass the smelling salts to the Sierra Club. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 3 Jan. 2022 Mora was caught on camera sniffing ammonia capsules, prompting John Madden to comment that smelling salts are normally used by players. Dom Amore,, 12 Nov. 2021 After responding Southfield firefighters attempted to revive Cochran using smelling salts and found no pulse or respirations, he was transported to the Providence Hospital, where he was declared deceased shortly after arriving. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, 14 Oct. 2021 The dream gets real in a hurry when viewed through a pair of black eyes or a whiff of smelling salts., 27 Mar. 2021 Her all-male team and coaches congratulated her afterwards with fist-pumps and even smelling salts, which Fuller thanked them for via Instagram. Laura Furr Mericas, Chron, 13 Dec. 2020 Over the next three years, the Odeuropa team will collect data on scents as varied as rosemary sprigs, smelling salts, incense and motor oil. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Nov. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of smelling salts

1837, in the meaning defined above

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9 Apr 2022

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“Smelling salts.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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smelling salts

noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction

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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