potassium chloride


Definition of potassium chloride

: a crystalline salt KCl occurring as a mineral and in natural waters and used especially as a fertilizer

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The Nebraska Attorney General’s Office is fighting the companies’ efforts because one of the four drugs used in the state’s execution protocol, potassium chloride, expires on Aug. 31. Grant Schulte, The Seattle Times, "Nebraska set for execution after about-face on death penalty," 13 Aug. 2018 The last drug, potassium chloride, induces cardiac arrest. Jacob Gershman, WSJ, "Nebraska Set to Use Drug Cocktail That Includes Fentanyl in Execution Tuesday," 13 Aug. 2018 Tennessee plans called for use of midazolam as a sedative, the muscle-relaxer vecuronium bromide and then potassium chloride to stop the heart. Fox News, "Tennessee executes its first inmate in nearly a decade," 9 Aug. 2018 And in 2016, Virginia paid $66,000 to an unnamed compounding pharmacy for the sedative midazolam and the chemical potassium chloride. Abdullah Shihipar, Teen Vogue, "Lethal Injection Drugs and the Death Penalty, Explained," 30 Oct. 2018 These drugs include propofol, midazolam, and hydromorphone — all of which are used to sedate — as well as the drugs pancuronium bromide, which is a muscle relaxant, and potassium chloride, which stops the heart. Abdullah Shihipar, Teen Vogue, "Lethal Injection Drugs and the Death Penalty, Explained," 30 Oct. 2018 Arkansas' supply of potassium chloride, which stops the inmate's heart, expired Friday. Fox News, "Second of Arkansas' 3 lethal injection drugs expires," 31 Aug. 2018 In court filings, corrections Director Scott Frakes said the state’s supply of potassium chloride —a key drug in Nebraska’s protocol — will expire on Aug. 31. Washington Post, "Nebraska sets execution date for longest-serving inmate," 5 July 2018 These include severing the umbilical cord or injecting potassium chloride or the medication digoxin into the fetus. Bill Rankin, ajc, "Appeals court seems unlikely to uphold ‘fetal demise’ abortion law," 25 May 2018

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1866, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of potassium chloride

: a crystalline salt KCl that occurs as a mineral and in natural waters and is used especially in the treatment of potassium deficiency — see k-dur, klor-con

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