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Definition of "ammonia" [am•mo•ni•a]

  • A colorless, pungent gas, NH3, extensively used to manufacture fertilizers and a wide variety of nitrogen-containing organic and inorganic chemicals. (noun)
  • See ammonium hydroxide. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "ammonia" in a sentence
  • "Thus, for instance, all those salts which are formed by the combination of the sulphuric acid with any of the salifiable bases are called _sulphats_, and the name of the radical is added for the specific distinction of the salt; if it be potash, it will compose a _sulphat of potash_; if ammonia, _sulphat of ammonia_,  &c."
  • "“Where mixed alkalies and superphosphate,” said the Doctor, “are added to the ammonia, the increase _from the ammonia_ is far greater than where ammonia is used alone."
  • "A special type of rock salt found at Siwa valued for its chemical properties was known far and wide as the salt of Ammon—thus our term ammonia."