Ammine One of a group of complex compounds formed by the coordination of ammonia molecules with metal ions and, in a few instances, such as calcium, strontium, and barium, with metal atoms. Although ammines are formally analogous to many salt hydrates, the general characteristics of the group of ammines differ considerably from those of the hydrates. For example, hydrated Co(III) salts are strong oxidizing agents whereas Co(II) ammines are strong reducing agents. The ammines of principal interest are those of the transition metals and of the zinc family, but even here there is wide variation in stability or rate of decomposition. Ammines are prepared by treating aqueous solutions of the metal salt with ammonia or, in some instances, by the action of dry gaseous or liquid ammonia on the anhydrous salt.
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