potassium carbonate

noun

Definition of potassium carbonate 

: a white salt K2CO3 that forms a strongly alkaline solution and is used in making glass and soap

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The resulting solution of potassium carbonate is filtered and exposed to a slurry of calcium hydroxide. The Economist, "Extracting carbon dioxide from the air is possible. But at what cost?," 7 June 2018 Made from lye and wood ashes, or baker's ammonia, pearlash consisted mainly of potassium carbonate, which also produces carbon dioxide quickly and reliably. Ben Panko, Smithsonian, "The Great Uprising: How a Powder Revolutionized Baking," 20 June 2017

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1866, in the meaning defined above

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potassium carbonate

noun

Medical Definition of potassium carbonate 

: a white salt K2CO3 that forms a strongly alkaline solution and was formerly used as a systemic alkalizer and diuretic and that is now used chiefly in making glass and soap

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