potassium chlorate

noun

Definition of potassium chlorate 

: a crystalline salt KClO3 that is used as an oxidizing agent in matches, fireworks, and explosives

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That white tip of theirs is the potassium chlorate, an easy-to-trigger oxidizing agent, that pumps oxygen into the reaction of the red portion, phosphorous, and allows it to burn the sulfur as fuel. Sam Eifling, Popular Mechanics, "How To Light a Match With Nothing But Other Matches," 28 Apr. 2016 It was packed in a foot-long mailing tube and filled with flash powder, a low-grade explosive that Mr. Kingsley made with aluminum powder and potassium chlorate. Ashley Southall, New York Times, "Brooklyn Man Arrested in Fatal Bombing That Police Say Missed Its Target," 28 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of potassium chlorate

1866, in the meaning defined above

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potassium chlorate

noun

Medical Definition of potassium chlorate 

: a crystalline salt KClO3 with a cooling saline taste that is used especially in veterinary medicine as a mild astringent (as in the treatment of stomatitis)

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