[ uh-mohn-yuh, uh-moh-nee-uh ]SEE DEFINITION OF ammonia

Synonyms for ammonia

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If I ain't got my death of—of ammonia or somethin', I miss my guess.

It also gives off ammonia, when treated with caustic potash.

Kayerts was always ready to let him have a sniff at the ammonia bottle.

If you get any on your skin or clothes, wash it off immediately with ammonia or soda.

Aromatic spirits of ammonia should also be given as a stimulant.

Therefore add the latter part of the ammonia very carefully.

Even where he stood, Gordon could smell the fumes of ammonia.

In washing the hair do not use any compound that has ammonia in it.

Sometimes one can detect the smell of ammonia in the stable.

It exists in fertilizers, in ammonia, in nitrates, and in organic matter.


1799, Modern Latin, coined 1782 by Swedish chemist Torbern Bergman (1735-1784) for gas obtained from sal ammoniac, salt deposits containing ammonium chloride found near temple of Jupiter Ammon (from Egyptian God Amun) in Libya, from Greek ammoniakos "belonging to Ammon." The shrine was ancient already in Augustus' day, and the salts were prepared "from the sands where the camels waited while their masters prayed for good omens" [Shipley].

There also was a gum form of sal ammoniac, from a wild plant that grew near the shrine, and across North Africa and Asia. A less likely theory traces the name to Greek Armeniakon "Armenian," because the substance also was found in Armenia. Also known as spirit of hartshorn and volatile or animal alkali.