sal volatile

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sal vo·la·ti·le

A solution of ammonium carbonate in alcohol or ammonia water, used in smelling salts.

[New Latin sāl volātile : Latin sāl, salt + Latin volātile, neuter of volātilis, flying.]

sal volatile

1. (Elements & Compounds) another name for ammonium carbonate
2. (Elements & Compounds) Also called: spirits of ammonia or hartshorn (archaic)a solution of ammonium carbonate in alcohol and aqueous ammonia, often containing aromatic oils, used as smelling salts
[C17: from New Latin: volatile salt]

sal′ vo•la′ti•le

(voʊˈlæt lˌi)
an aromatic alcoholic solution of ammonium carbonate, the chief ingredient in smelling salts.
[1645–55; < New Latin: volatile salt]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sal volatile - a solution of ammonium carbonate in ammonia water and alcohol
solution - a homogeneous mixture of two or more substances; frequently (but not necessarily) a liquid solution; "he used a solution of peroxide and water"
smelling salts - a pungent preparation of ammonium carbonate and perfume; sniffed as a stimulant to relieve faintness

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References in classic literature ?
Raymond is a witness what ginger and sal volatile I am obliged to take in the night.
Lady Lundie, my dear, prostrate in her own room--too much sal volatile.
Mrs Kenwigs was so overpowered by this supposition, that it needed all the tender attentions of Miss Petowker, of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, to restore her to anything like a state of calmness; not to mention the assiduity of Mr Kenwigs, who held a fat smelling- bottle to his lady's nose, until it became matter of some doubt whether the tears which coursed down her face were the result of feelings or SAL VOLATILE.