chlo·​rate | \ ˈklȯr-ˌāt How to pronounce chlorate (audio) \

Definition of chlorate

: a salt containing the anion ClO3 chlorate of potassium

Examples of chlorate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Potassium chlorate breaks down into plumes of potassium chloride gas. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 31 May 2020 Farmer also suggests that people may want to avoid cleaning materials that contain peroxides, chlorates or perchlorates—all of which are oxidants that can react with a variety of common household chemicals to form toxic compounds. Emily Anthes, Scientific American, 1 June 2020 Always keep matches and lighter fluid out of your pets’ reach: Certain types of matches contain chlorates, which could potentially damage blood cells and result in difficulty breathing -- or even kidney disease in severe cases. Other Voices,, 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of chlorate

1823, in the meaning defined above

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“Chlorate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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chlo·​rate | \ ˈklō(ə)r-ˌāt, ˈklȯ(ə)r- How to pronounce chlorate (audio) \

Medical Definition of chlorate

: a salt containing the anion ClO3 chlorate of potassium

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