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sal volatile

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

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
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sal volatile

/ (vɒˈlætɪlɪ) /

noun

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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Word Origin and History for sal volatile

sal volatile


n.

1650s, Modern Latin, literally "volatile salt" (see salt (n.) + volatile); ammonium carbonate, especially as used in reviving persons who have fainted.

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