Ammonium ferric citrate has the formula (NH4)5Fe(C6H4O7)2. A distinguishing feature of this compound is that it is very soluble in water
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Ammonium ferric citrate has a range of uses, including:
As a food additive, where it has the E number E381, and is used as an acidity regulator.
As a reducing agent of metal salts of low activity like gold and silver.
With potassium ferricyanide as part of the cyanotype photographic process.
Used in Kligler iron deeps to determine hydrogen sulfide production in microbial metabolism.
In medical imaging, ammonium ferric citrate is used as a contrast medium.
As a hematinic.