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smelling salts

noun, (used with a plural verb)
1.
a preparation for smelling, essentially of ammonium carbonate with some agreeable scent, used as a stimulant and restorative.
Origin of smelling salts
1830-1840
1830-40
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smelling salts

plural noun
1.
a pungent preparation containing crystals of ammonium carbonate that has a stimulant action when sniffed in cases of faintness, headache, etc
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smelling-salts in Medicine

smelling salts pl.n.
Any of various preparations of ammonium carbonate and perfume, sniffed as a restorative or stimulant especially to relieve faintness and headache.

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