Microcosmic salt
Microcosmic Mi`cro*cos"mic, Microcosmical Mi`cro*cos"mic*al, a. [Cf. F. microcosmique.] Of or pertaining to the microcosm. [1913 Webster]

{Microcosmic salt} (Chem.), a white crystalline substance obtained by mixing solutions of sodium phosphate and ammonium phosphate, and also called {hydric-sodic-ammonic-phosphate}. It is a powerful flux, and is used as a substitute for borax as a blowpipe reagent in testing for the metallic oxides. Originally obtained by the alchemists from human urine, and called {sal microcosmicum}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Microcosmic salt — Microcosmic salt[1] IUPAC name Ammonium sodium phosphate Other names …   Wikipedia

  • Microcosmic salt — Salt Salt, n. [AS. sealt; akin to OS. & OFries. salt, D. zout, G. salz, Icel., Sw., & Dan. salt, L. sal, Gr. ?, Russ. sole, Ir. & Gael. salann, W. halen, of unknown origin. Cf. {Sal}, {Salad}, {Salary}, {Saline}, {Sauce}, {Sausage}.] 1. The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • microcosmic salt — n. a white, crystalline salt, Na(NH4)HPO4·4H2O, used as a reagent in blowpipe analysis because it forms characteristically colored compounds when fused with salts and oxides of metals …   English World dictionary

  • microcosmic salt — fosforo druska statusas T sritis chemija formulė NaNH₄HPO₄·4H₂O atitikmenys: angl. microcosmic salt; phosphorus salt rus. фосфорная соль …   Chemijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • microcosmic salt — noun a white salt present in urine and used to test for metal oxides • Hypernyms: ↑salt …   Useful english dictionary

  • microcosmic salt — noun A white salt, extracted from urine; once used in the preparation of phosphorus, and used in analytical tests for some metals; ammonium sodium hydrogenphosphate (NH)NaHPO …   Wiktionary

  • microcosmic salt — Chem. See sodium ammonium phosphate. [1775 85] * * * …   Universalium

  • microcosmic salt — /maɪkrəˌkɒzmɪk ˈsɒlt/ (say muykruh.kozmik solt) noun a phosphate of sodium and ammonium, NaNH4HPO4.4H2O, originally obtained from human urine, used as a blowpipe flux in testing metallic oxides …   Australian English dictionary

  • salt of phosphorus — microcosmic salt …   Useful english dictionary

  • Salt — Salt, n. [AS. sealt; akin to OS. & OFries. salt, D. zout, G. salz, Icel., Sw., & Dan. salt, L. sal, Gr. ?, Russ. sole, Ir. & Gael. salann, W. halen, of unknown origin. Cf. {Sal}, {Salad}, {Salary}, {Saline}, {Sauce}, {Sausage}.] 1. The chloride… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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