sal volatile -->
aromatic ammonia spirit
medical dictionary

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.

Synonyms: sal volatile, smelling salts.

(05 Mar 2000)