smelling salts


noun (used with a plural verb)

a preparation for smelling, essentially of ammonium carbonate with some agreeable scent, used as a stimulant and restorative.

Origin of smelling salts

First recorded in 1830–40
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British Dictionary definitions for smelling salts

smelling salts


pl n

a pungent preparation containing crystals of ammonium carbonate that has a stimulant action when sniffed in cases of faintness, headache, etc
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Medicine definitions for smelling salts

smelling salts

[ smĕlĭng ]

pl.n.

Any of various preparations of ammonium carbonate and perfume, sniffed as a restorative or stimulant especially to relieve faintness and headache.
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