Definition of Smelling salts

1. Noun. A pungent preparation of ammonium carbonate and perfume; sniffed as a stimulant to relieve faintness.

Generic synonyms: Formulation, Preparation
Terms within: Sal Volatile, Spirits Of Ammonia



Definition of Smelling salts

1. Noun. (plural of smelling salt) ¹

2. Noun. ammonium carbonate, sometimes with added perfume, that is sniffed as a mild stimulant and to relieve fainting ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Medical Definition of Smelling salts

1. A hydroalcoholic solution containing approximately 2% ammonia and 4% ammonium carbonate and the aromatics: lemon oil, lavender oil, and myristica oil. Used mainly by inhalation to produce reflex stimulation in persons who have fainted or are at risk of syncope. Synonym: sal volatile, smelling salts. (05 Mar 2000)

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Literary usage of Smelling salts

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1. Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern by Edward Cornelius Towne (1896)
"Well, recite another, and steer clear of the smelling-salts. Eur. ... My dear fellow, buy those smelling-salts, or there won't be a rag left of all your ..."

2. Practical therapeutics by Edward John Waring (1866)
"Volatile, or smelling salts. Salts of Hartshorn. Baker's Salt. ... It is very valuable as " smelling salts," in syncope, hysteria, and asphyxia. ..."

3. American Druggist (1885)
"Cloves I " "White smelling salts" are best prepared after Allchin's plan. ... "Preston salt," the cheapest of all smelling salts, is a mixture of lime and ..."

4. The Warner Library by Charles Dudley Warner, Harry Morgan Ayres, John William Cunliffe, Helen Rex Keller, Gerhard Richard Lomer (1917)
"My dear fellow, buy those smelling-salts, or there won't be a rag left of all your ... For those smelling-salts fit your prologues like a kid glove. ..."

5. The Standard Formulary by Albert Ethelbert Ebert, A. Emil Hiss (1897)
"Under the name of "smelling salts," "inexhaustible salts," "Preston salts," and "pungent" there have been prepared moist granular preparations which are ..."

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