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ammonium carbonate

noun, Chemistry
1.
a water-soluble mixture of ammonium bicarbonate and ammonium carbamate, occurring either as a white powder or in colorless, hard, crystalline masses: used chiefly in the manufacture of smelling salts and baking powder.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85
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British Dictionary definitions for ammonium carbonate

ammonium carbonate

noun
1.
an unstable pungent soluble white powder that is a double salt of ammonium bicarbonate and ammonium carbamate: used in the manufacture of baking powder, smelling salts, and ammonium compounds. Formula: (NH4)HCO3.(NH4)CO2NH2
2.
an unstable substance that is produced by treating this compound with ammonia. Formula: (NH4)2CO3
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ammonium carbonate in Medicine

ammonium carbonate n.

  1. A carbonate of ammonium.

  2. The double salt of ammonium bicarbonate and ammonium carbamate, produced commercially and used in powder form in smelling salts.

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