ammonium hydrogencarbonate

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A white crystalline compound, NH4HCO3. It is formed naturally as a decay product of nitrogenous matter and is made commercially by various methods: the action of carbon dioxide and steam on a solution of ammonium carbonate; heating commercial ammonium carbonate (which always contains some hydrogencarbonate); and the interaction of ammonia, carbon dioxide, and water vapour. It is used in some baking powders and medicines.

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