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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Hard to find in a convenient drinkable juice form on these shores, mangosteen is known for its rich potassium, manganese and magnesium content. Kavita Daswani, latimes.com, "Fourth of July BBQ draaaanks that won't blow your diet," 29 June 2018 Their electrolytes are low, their sodium and potassium levels may be imbalanced. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Heart expert: 'You can overdose exercise'," 1 May 2018 The other half went to Jens C. Skou of Aarhus University in Denmark for discovering the enzyme that maintains the balance of sodium and potassium ions in cells. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "Paul D. Boyer, 99, Dies; Nobel Winner Decoded Enzyme That Powers Life," 7 June 2018 But some hospitals would not provide dialysis until their potassium was dangerously high. NBC News, "Another cause of doctor burnout: Being forced to give immigrants unequal care," 1 June 2018 Be sure to eat plenty of fruits and veggies to keep potassium levels up. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "The healthiest grab-and-go foods at Starbucks," 22 May 2018 Their electrolytes are low, their sodium and potassium levels may be imbalanced. Kristen Jordan Shamus, USA TODAY, "Is it possible to exercise too much? Heart expert says yes," 2 May 2018 Blood levels of potassium and calcium, for example, have narrow ranges of normal, and falling outside those ranges can be catastrophic. Emily Sohn, Washington Post, "Even if a medical test shows an abnormality, you may not need to worry about it," 3 June 2018 Bonemeal is a good source of phosphorus, and kelp or greensand are organic sources of potassium. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need To Know About Organic Fertilizer," 10 Mar. 2017

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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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