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A compound that reacts with an acid to give water (and a salt). A base that dissolves in water to produce hydroxide ions is called an alkali. For example, ammonia reacts as follows:

NH3 + H2O ⇌ NH4+ + OH

Similar reactions occur with organic amines (see also nitrogenous base).

Subjects: Chemistry.

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