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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A colorless crystalline compound, H3NO, explosive when heated, that is used as a reducing agent and in organic synthesis.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A colorless basic compound, NH2OH, prepared by the reduction of various oxygen derivatives of nitrogen.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Chem.) A nitrogenous, organic base, NH2.OH, resembling ammonia, and produced by a modified reduction of nitric acid. It is usually obtained as a volatile, unstable solution in water. It acts as a strong reducing agent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun inorganic chemistry An explosive inorganic derivative of ammonia, NH2OH, used as a reducing agent, and in organic synthesis.
  • noun organic chemistry Any organic derivative of this compound.

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