Definition of ammonium carbonate in English:

ammonium carbonate


mass nounChemistry
  • A white crystalline solid which slowly decomposes, giving off ammonia, and is an ingredient of sal volatile.

    Chemical formula: (NH₄)₂CO₃. Commercial forms often contain other, related salts

    • ‘This substance is known today as ammonium carbonate.’
    • ‘Other alkalis, such as ammonium carbonate, sodium tribasic phosphate, acetone, and various glycols (such as triethanolamine, pH 8 at 1% dilution), are sometimes used.’
    • ‘Standing urine forms ammonium carbonate which is strongly alkaline.’
    • ‘Finally, if ammonium carbonate is placed in water, the weak base ammonium carbonate and weak acid carbonic acid are produced.’