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ammonium chloride

ammonium chloride (əmō´nēəm klôr´īd), chemical compound, NH4Cl, a white or colorless, odorless, water-soluble, cubic crystalline salt with a biting taste, commonly known as sal ammoniac. It is prepared commercially by reacting ammonia, NH3, with hydrogen chloride, HCl, and is used chiefly in the manufacture of electric dry-cell batteries, in soldering fluxes, in textile printing, and in making other compounds. It is also used in certain medical treatments. It occurs in nature in volcanic regions.

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sal-ammoniac

sal-ammoniac ammonium chloride. XIV (salarmoniak). — L. sal ammōniacus, medL. sal armōniacum; see SALT, AMMONIAC.

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