potassium

noun

po·​tas·​si·​um pə-ˈta-sē-əm How to pronounce potassium (audio)
often attributive
: 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

Examples of potassium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web They’re also filled with a ton of essential minerals like phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, potassium, sulfur, iron, and zinc. Alessandra Signorelli, Vogue, 4 Apr. 2024 Her favorite is guacamole because of the healthy fats, potassium and fiber from the avocado. Clare Mulroy, USA TODAY, 17 Mar. 2024 Compared to other vegetables, Carolina azolla is high in zinc, manganese, iron, calcium, and potassium, and is relatively high in protein (though has less than a grain like barley). Matt Simon, WIRED, 11 Mar. 2024 Nutrient deficiencies can be another factor, such as potassium (K); when unavailable to roots, plants pull potassium out of the oldest fronds to recycle it for younger growth. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 4 Jan. 2024 Some other benefits include: ▪ Prunes contain calcium and a serving also has 20% of daily vitamin K requirement as well as potassium, magnesium, boron and B vitamins. Sheah Rarback, Miami Herald, 22 Mar. 2024 Each packet offers three times more electrolytes than leading sports drinks, according to the brand, and features a healthy blend of sodium, zinc, vitamin C, potassium, and magnesium to help your immune system and energy levels. Alesandra Dubin, Travel + Leisure, 19 Mar. 2024 An apple a day is said to keep the doctor away, but what about a banana? Bananas are a great source of fiber, potassium, vitamin C and other antioxidants and phytonutrients, according to Healthline. USA TODAY, 6 Mar. 2024 Not all fertilizers formulated for indoor plants contain nutrients beyond the big three of nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 4 Jan. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from potassa potash, from English potash

First Known Use

circa 1807, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of potassium was circa 1807

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Cite this Entry

“Potassium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potassium. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

potassium

noun
po·​tas·​si·​um pə-ˈtas-ē-əm How to pronounce potassium (audio)
: a silver-white soft light metallic element that has a low melting point and occurs abundantly in nature especially combined in minerals see element

Medical Definition

potassium

noun
po·​tas·​si·​um pə-ˈtas-ē-əm How to pronounce potassium (audio)
: 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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