Nessler's reagent

[ nes-lerz ]
/ ˈnɛs lərz /

noun

an aqueous solution of potassium iodide, mercuric chloride, and potassium hydroxide, used as a test for the presence of ammonia.

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Also called Nessler's solution.

Origin of Nessler's reagent

First recorded in 1870–75; see origin at nesslerize
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