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Ammonium carbonate

Definition of the noun ammonium carbonate

What does ammonium carbonate mean as a name of something?


  1. a carbonate of ammonium; used in the manufacture of smelling salts and baking powder and ammonium compounds
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • more generic word: carbonate = a salt or ester of carbonic acid


Ammonium carbonate is a salt with the chemical formula₂CO₃. Commercial samples labelled ammonium carbonate no longer contain this compound, but a mixture that has similar ammonia content. Since it readily degrades to gaseous ammonia and carbon dioxide upon heating, it is used as a leavening agent and also as smelling salt. It is also known as baker's ammonia and was a predecessor to the more modern leavening agents baking soda and baking powder. It is a component of what was formerly known as sal volatile and salt of hartshorn.

  • also known as Ammoniumkarbonat, Kulsur ammoniak, 碳酸铵

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Google previewA Dictionary of Science (2017)

by Jonathan Law

Commercial 'ammonium carbonate' is a double salt of ammonium hydrogencarbonate and ammonium aminomethanoate (carbamate), NH4HCO3. NH2COONH4. This material is manufactured by heating a mixture of ammonium chloride and ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Food and Color Additives (1997)

by George A. Burdock

Regulatory citations AMMONIUM CARBONATE Synonyms Ammonium carbonate ; Carbonic acid, monoammonium salt, mixed with ammonium carbamate; Monoammonium carbonate mixture with ammonium carbamate. Current CAS number ...

Google previewDictionary of Food Ingredients (2001)

by Robert S. Igoe, Yiu H. Hui

Ammonium Carbonate — A dough strengthener, a leavening agent, a pH control agent, and a texturizer. It is prepared by the sublimation of a mixture of ammonium sulfate and calcium carbonate, and occurs as a white powder or a hard, white ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Chemistry (2008)

by John Daintith

ammonium carbonate A colourlessorwhite crystallinesolid,(NH4)2CO 3 , usually encountered as the monohydrate. Itisvery solubleincoldwater ...

Google previewA Consumer's Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients (2010)

Complete Information About the Harmful and Desirable Ingredients in Cosmetics and Cosmeceuticals by Ruth Winter

See Ammonium Carbonate for toxicity. AMMONIUM BISULFITE • Colorless, water -absorbing powder that is used as a catalyst in hair-waving formulations. AMMONIUM CAPRYLETH SULFATE • Used in cleansing products. See Capric Acid ...

Google previewA Consumer's Dictionary of Household, Yard and Office Chemicals (2007)

Complete Information About Harmful and Desirable Chemicals Found in Everyday Home Products, Yard Poisons, and Office Polluters by Ruth Winter

AMMONIUM CARBONATE ° A white, solid alkali derived partly from ammonium bicarbonate (see), and used as a neutralizer and buffer in permanent wave solutions and creams. Decomposes when exposed to air. Also used in baking ...

Google previewThe Sterling Dictionary Of Chemistry (1999)

by Anand Dhingra

AMMONIUM CARBONATE : (NH4) CO3; A white or colourless...

Commercial ammonium carbonate is used in baking process, smelling salts, in dyeing, and in wool industry. AMMONIUM CHLORIDE : NH4Cl; Salt ...

Google previewDictionary of Biomedical Science (2002)

by Peter J. Gosling

ammonium carbonate (chemistry) (NH4)2CO3 Unstable white CRYSTALLINE ...

Google previewThe Facts on File Dictionary of Inorganic Chemistry (2009)

by John Daintith

ammonium carbonate (sal ...

Google previewLivestock Health Encyclopedia (2013)

by Rudolph Seiden, Richard R. Dykstra, W. James Gough

AMMONIUM BICARBONATE or acid ammonium carbonate is contained in AMMONIUM CARBONATE (U.S.P). AMMONIUM CARBAMATE or ammonium carbaminate is closely related to AMMONIUM CARBONATE, in which it is contained.

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Ammonium carbonate Meaning

Video shows what ammonium carbonate means. The ammonium salt of carbonic acid, (NH4)2CO3, a white powder, smelling of ammonia, used in the ...

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