potassium chlorate


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

Examples of potassium chlorate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The British home guard stockpiled petrol bombs to use against a potential Nazi invasion, and the Polish army developed a version with sulfuric acid, sugar, and potassium chlorate that ignited upon impact, negating the need for a fuse. Liz Webber, Quartz, 25 Feb. 2022 Magnesium carbonate keeps the environment within the canister from becoming too acidic, which could destabilize the potassium chlorate. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 31 May 2020 When ignited, charcoal inside the canister burns, while chemical compounds such as potassium nitrate and potassium chlorate produce oxygen that fuel the fire. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 31 May 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1866, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of potassium chlorate was in 1866

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“Potassium chlorate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potassium%20chlorate. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

potassium chlorate

: a salt used to supply oxygen for matches, fireworks, and explosives

Medical Definition

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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