sal volatile

[ sal voh-lat-l-ee ]
/ ˈsæl voʊˈlæt lˌi /


an aromatic alcoholic solution of ammonium carbonate, the chief ingredient in smelling salts.

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Origin of sal volatile

1645–55; < New Latin: volatile salt Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for sal volatile

sal volatile
/ (vɒˈlætɪlɪ) /


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

Word Origin for sal volatile

C17: from New Latin: volatile salt
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