ammonium chloride

noun Chemistry, Pharmacology.
  1. a white, crystalline, water-soluble powder, NH4Cl, which produces a cooling sensation on the tongue, used chiefly in the manufacture of dry cells, in electroplating, and in medicine as an expectorant.

Origin of ammonium chloride

First recorded in 1865–70
Also called sal ammoniac.
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Historical Examples of ammonium chloride

  • As precipitated by ammonium-chloride solution the gelatinous thread contains 15 p.ct.


British Dictionary definitions for ammonium chloride

ammonium chloride

noun
  1. a white soluble crystalline solid used chiefly as an electrolyte in dry batteries and as a mordant and soldering flux. Formula: NH 4 ClAlso called: sal ammoniac
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ammonium chloride in Science

ammonium chloride

  1. A white crystalline compound used in dry cells, as a soldering flux, and as an expectorant. Also called sal ammoniac. Chemical formula: NH4Cl.
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