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 state’s usual injection protocol calls for three drugs: pentobarbital, pancuronium bromide and potassium chloride. Fox News, "South Carolina officials say they can't get drugs for man's Friday execution," 1 Dec. 2020 The scientists also saw potassium chloride gas, a common component of magma, emerging from the volcanoes. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Images reveal new insights about Jupiter's volcanic moon Io," 23 Oct. 2020 Though doctors were able to get his potassium levels up with large, intravenous doses of potassium chloride, his condition worsened. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Rare case of black licorice poisoning kills man in Massachusetts," 25 Sep. 2020 The tank is filled with resin beads, and on top is a brine tank, which can be filled with salt or potassium chloride pellets. Gabrielle Hondorp, Popular Mechanics, "The 5 Best Water Softeners to Tame the Hardest H2O," 14 Sep. 2020 Ohio used the sedative midazolam to induce unconsciousness, followed by a paralytic drug and potassium chloride to stop the heart. Eric Heisig, cleveland, "Cleveland killer, other death row inmates’ executions delayed as Ohio struggles to find new lethal-injection drugs," 5 Sep. 2020 The only drawback is that potassium chloride is relatively expensive, costing $25 to $30 per 50-pound bag. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How a Water Softener Works (And Why You Might Want One)," 20 Aug. 2020 In her arm: an IV hooked to the pathologist’s own invention, the Thanatron, which delivered heart-stopping potassium chloride into her bloodstream. Longreads, "On Vanishing," 14 Apr. 2020 The spokesman said it would be replaced by Brevital, a barbiturate anesthetic, in a mix that also included pancuronium bromide and potassium chloride. Tim Evans, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana Supreme Court to decide if state must identify suppliers of death penalty drugs," 8 July 2020

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First Known Use of potassium chloride

1866, in the meaning defined above

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“Potassium chloride.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potassium%20chloride. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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