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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Recent Examples on the Web The plant – or, more accurately, cluster of plants on the property – featured a concrete vat containing a slurry of potassium chloride and sodium chloride kept at 1,350-degrees Fahrenheit. Amber Hunt, Cincinnati.com, "Mysterious death focus of 3rd season of hit true-crime podcast 'Accused'," 3 Dec. 2019 The potassium chloride levels will be maintained to prevent further infestation, Devilbiss said, and the treatment should last for years. Mary Grace Keller, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Zebra mussels begone: Early findings indicate invasive species eradicated from Westminster quarry," 27 Nov. 2019 Midazolam, rocuronium bromide and potassium chloride were used in three Ohio executions in 2017 and 2018. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland.com, "Ohio prison officials seek to destroy expired execution drugs amid fears they might be used," 13 Sep. 2019 Potassium chlorate breaks down into plumes of potassium chloride gas. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Watch This Hong Kong Protester Instantly Neutralize Tear Gas," 3 Sep. 2019 First, the doctor injects potassium chloride or digoxin into the fetus’s heart, killing it within minutes. The Economist, "What explains Donald Trump’s war on late-term abortions?," 22 Aug. 2019 In 2014, Lockett was injected with a combination of midazolam, vecuronium bromide and potassium chloride. Josiah Bates, Time, "Why the Justice Department's Plan to Use a Single Drug for Lethal Injections Is Controversial," 29 July 2019 State officials would then inject potassium chloride to stop the prisoner’s heart. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "We Are All Executioners Now," 25 July 2019 The only problem is that potassium chloride is expensive: $25 to $30 per 50-pound bag. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How a Water Softener Works (And Why You Might Want One)," 4 July 2019

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First Known Use of potassium chloride

1866, in the meaning defined above

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18 Dec 2019

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“Potassium chloride.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potassium%20chloride. Accessed 29 January 2020.

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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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