sal volatile
noun Etymology: New Latin, literally, volatile salt Date: 1654 smelling salts

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  • Sal volatile — Sal Sal (s[a^]l), n. [L. See {Salt}.] (Chem. & Pharm.) Salt. [1913 Webster] {Sal absinthii} [NL.] (Old Chem.), an impure potassium carbonate obtained from the ashes of wormwood ({Artemisia Absinthium}). {Sal acetosell[ae]} [NL.] (Old Chem.), salt …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sal volatile — 1650s, Modern Latin, lit. volatile salt (see SALT (Cf. salt) + VOLATILE (Cf. volatile)); ammonium carbonate, especially as used in reviving persons who have fainted …   Etymology dictionary

  • sal volatile — ► NOUN ▪ a scented solution of ammonium carbonate in alcohol, used as smelling salts. ORIGIN Latin, volatile salt …   English terms dictionary

  • sal volatile — [vō lat′ l ē΄] n. [ModL, volatile salt] 1. a mixture of ammonium bicarbonate and ammonium carbonate, esp. in aromatic solution for use as smelling salts 2. ammonium carbonate …   English World dictionary

  • sal volatile — /sal voh lat l ee / an aromatic alcoholic solution of ammonium carbonate, the chief ingredient in smelling salts. [1645 55; < NL: volatile salt] * * * …   Universalium

  • sal volatile — [ˌsal və latɪli] noun a scented solution of ammonium carbonate in alcohol, used as smelling salts. Origin C17: mod. L., lit. volatile salt …   English new terms dictionary

  • sal volatile — sal′ vo•la′ti•le [[t]voʊˈlæt lˌi[/t]] n. an aromatic alcoholic solution of ammonium carbonate, the chief ingredient in smelling salts • Etymology: 1645–55; < NL: volatile salt …   From formal English to slang

  • sal volatile — sal vo·la·ti·le .sal və lat əl ē n 1) AMMONIUM CARBONATE 2) SMELLING SALTS * * * ammonium carbonate …   Medical dictionary

  • sal volatile — sal vo|la|ti|le [ ,sæl və lætli ] noun uncount TECHNICAL SMELLING SALTS …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sal volatile — n. ammonium carbonate, esp. in the form of a flavoured solution in alcohol used as smelling salts. Etymology: mod.L, = volatile salt …   Useful english dictionary

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