smelling salts

noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction

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

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SMELLING SALTS Defined for English Language Learners

smelling salts

Definition of smelling salts for English Language Learners

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


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smelling salts

noun plural 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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