Ammonium hydroxide supplied in solution [NH3(aq)] with approximately 28-30% NH3; it appears as a colorless liquid, free from suspended matter or sediment. Aqueous ammonia is used in the laboratory most often as a complexant and base in inorganic analysis. Can also dissolve silver residues. With copper(II) solutions, gives a deep blue coloration. Ammonium hydroxide has also been used as an alternative for decalcifying bone specimens prior to histological examination.
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