Ammonia Definition

A colorless, pungent gas, NH3 , extensively used to manufacture fertilizers and a wide variety of nitrogen-containing organic and inorganic chemicals.
American Heritage
A colorless, pungent gas, NH3: its compounds are used as fertilizers, in medicine, etc.
Webster's New World
A 10% water solution of this gas.
Webster's New World

(inorganic chemistry) A gaseous compound of hydrogen and nitrogen, NH3, with a pungent smell and taste.


Origin of Ammonia

  • New Latin from Latin (sāl) ammōniacus (salt) of Amen from Greek Ammōniakos from Ammōn Amun (from its having been obtained from a region near the temple of Amun, in Libya) from Egyptian jmn

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin sal ammoniacus (“salt of Amun, ammonium chloride”), named so because it was found near the temple of (Jupiter) Ammon in Egypt. Ammon derives from Ancient Greek Ἄμμων (Ammōn), from Egyptian jmn.

    From Wiktionary

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