[ uh-mohn-yuh, uh-moh-nee-uh ]
/ əˈmoʊn yə, əˈmoʊ ni ə /
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noun Chemistry.
a colorless, pungent, suffocating, highly water-soluble, gaseous compound, NH3, usually produced by the direct combination of nitrogen and hydrogen gases: used chiefly for refrigeration and in the manufacture of commercial chemicals and laboratory reagents.
Also called aqueous ammonia, ammonia solution, ammonia water . this gas dissolved in water; ammonium hydroxide.


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Origin of ammonia

First recorded in 1790–1800; from New Latin, so called as being obtained from sal ammoniac; see ammoniac
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British Dictionary definitions for ammonia

/ (əˈməʊnɪə, -njə) /

a colourless pungent highly soluble gas mainly used in the manufacture of fertilizers, nitric acid, and other nitrogenous compounds, and as a refrigerant and solvent. Formula: NH 3
a solution of ammonia in water, containing the compound ammonium hydroxide

Word Origin for ammonia

C18: from New Latin, from Latin (sal) ammōniacus (sal) ammoniac 1
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Scientific definitions for ammonia

[ ə-mōnyə ]

A colorless alkaline gas that is lighter than air and has a strongly pungent odor. It is used as a fertilizer and refrigerant, in medicine, and in making dyes, textiles, plastics, and explosives. Chemical formula: NH3.
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