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sal volatile

[sal voh-lat-l-ee] /ˈsæl voʊˈlæt lˌi/
an aromatic alcoholic solution of ammonium carbonate, the chief ingredient in smelling salts.
Origin of sal volatile
1645-55; < New Latin: volatile salt Unabridged
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sal volatile

another name for ammonium carbonate
Also called spirits of ammonia, (archaic) hartshorn. a solution of ammonium carbonate in alcohol and aqueous ammonia, often containing aromatic oils, used as smelling salts
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C17: from New Latin: volatile salt
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Word Origin and History for sal volatile

1650s, Modern Latin, literally "volatile salt" (see salt (n.) + volatile); ammonium carbonate, especially as used in reviving persons who have fainted.

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