potassium

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

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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Elements like phosphorus, nitrogen, and potassium could be salvaged from such waste. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "What If Animal Feces Could Be Recycled for Metals and Valuable Elements?," 29 Nov. 2018 Much has been said about reducing sodium in the diet to manage high blood pressure but potassium deserves more attention. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "10 seriously filling salads you'll want to eat all summer," 6 June 2017 Help lower blood pressure: The potassium, calcium, and magnesium in kale and other veggies help counterbalance the effects of sodium that can lead to hypertension. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Kale Is Actually One of the Healthiest Things You Can Eat," 17 Dec. 2018 The sodium-potassium pump is an important key to the charging and recharging, and blocking its action can make the body numb to sensation. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Jens Christian Skou, who received Nobel Prize for chemistry, dies at 99," 3 June 2018 All include vitamins and nutrients (such as calcium, iron, omega-3s, potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C) that are recommended for expecting and breastfeeding moms. Karla Walsh, Woman's Day, "The Best Breastfeeding Diet," 25 Feb. 2019 This tropical fruit contains two important electrolytes, potassium and magnesium, plus antioxidants that prevent inflammation and actinidin, an enzyme that helps with protein digestion. NBC News, "8 summer superfoods to eat after a tough workout," 11 July 2018 Collingwood also cites micronutrient deficiencies in B vitamins, iron, magnesium, selenium and potassium as a potential pitfall of keto eating, along with a chance of ketoacidosis. Katie Parsons, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Ketogenic diet popular for weight loss," 13 June 2018 Add a bit of wood ash, if handy, because its rich supply of potassium enhances root growth. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Beets This Fall for a Hearty Autumn Harvest," 21 Aug. 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 How to pronounce potassium (audio) \

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 How to pronounce potassium (audio) \

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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