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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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 Lethal injection has been used in executions since 1977, and a three-drug protocol of sodium thiopental, pancuronium bromide and potassium chloride was the standard until 2009. David Montero, latimes.com, "Nevada Supreme Court hears arguments for using untested paralytic drug in death penalty case," 9 May 2018 There are a few different kinds of potash, but the one that's deposited extensively beneath Michigan is potassium chloride (KCl), known as muriate of potash or MOP. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "What is potash and why does Michigan have so much of it?," 16 Mar. 2018 Arkansas uses midazolam to sedate inmates before injecting them with vecuronium bromide, which stops their lungs, and potassium chloride, which stops their hearts. Kelly P. Kissel, USA TODAY, "Arkansas executions uncertain as lethal injection drug set to expire," 28 Feb. 2018 The state’s potassium chloride supply expires Aug. 31 and its midazolam is good through Jan. 31, 2019. Kelly P. Kissel, USA TODAY, "Arkansas executions uncertain as lethal injection drug set to expire," 28 Feb. 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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