potassium

noun, often attributive
po·​tas·​si·​um | \ pə-ˈta-sē-əm \

Definition of potassium

: a silver-white soft light low-melting monovalent metallic element of the alkali metal group that occurs abundantly in nature especially combined in minerals — see Chemical Elements Table

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Radiation is everywhere, from potassium in bananas to the microwaves popping our popcorn. Ellen Knickmeyer, The Seattle Times, "APNewsBreak: EPA says a little radiation may be healthy," 2 Oct. 2018 Those three numbers signify the amount of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium in the fertilizer, in that order. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Mulch Leaves With a Lawn Mower," 20 Sep. 2018 The root is low in calories, but contains a lot of vitamin C, iron, potassium, and copper. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Does Maca Powder Have Health Benefits for Women? Here's What the Science Says," 14 Jan. 2019 Protein and potassium Jess Sporte is an adaptive climber in Boulder, Colorado. Laura Schwecherl, SELF, "13 Athletes Share How They Recover After a Tough Workout," 14 July 2018 And people who eat them have more nutritious diets that include more fruits and veggies overall, plus more fiber, vitamins E and K, magnesium, potassium, and healthy monounsaturated fat (MUFAs), according to one study. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "11 delicious avocado recipes that don't involve avocado toast," 1 June 2018 Native to India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, Moringa is a plant that's entirely edible, from the stems to the leaves to the seeds, and is packed with nutrients like vitamin C, magnesium, and potassium. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "12 Health Food Trends to Be on the Lookout for in 2019," 11 Dec. 2018 Avocados are actually higher in potassium than bananas. Caroline Judelson, Fox News, "7 crazy avocado facts to help you celebrate National Avocado Day," 31 July 2018 The paper names 12 nutrients key to managing depression and anxiety: folate (vitamin B9), iron, long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, potassium, selenium, thiamine (vitamin B1), vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin C and zinc. Kathleen Squires, WSJ, "Feed Your Head: Foods That Target Depression and Anxiety," 26 July 2018

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First Known Use of potassium

circa 1807, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for potassium

New Latin, from potassa potash, from English potash

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potassium

noun

English Language Learners Definition of potassium

: a soft, silver-white metal that is used especially in farming and industry

potassium

noun
po·​tas·​si·​um | \ pə-ˈta-sē-əm \

Kids Definition of potassium

: a silvery soft light metallic chemical element found especially in minerals

potassium

noun
po·​tas·​si·​um | \ pə-ˈtas-ē-əm \

Medical Definition of potassium

: a silver-white soft light low-melting monovalent metallic element of the alkali metal group that occurs abundantly in nature especially combined in minerals symbol K — see Chemical Elements Table

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