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ammonium chloride

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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.
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Origin of ammonium chloride

First recorded in 1865–70
Also called sal ammoniac.
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  • As precipitated by ammonium-chloride solution the gelatinous thread contains 15 p.ct.

    Researches on Cellulose

    C. F. Cross


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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