potassium iodide

noun

: a crystalline salt KI that is very soluble in water and is used medically chiefly in the treatment of hyperthyroidism, to block thyroidal uptake of radioactive iodine, and as an expectorant

Examples of potassium iodide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This includes distributing potassium iodide pills to block the intake of radioiodine to prevent thyroid cancer. Bennett Ramberg, Foreign Affairs, 28 Aug. 2017 The technique involves flying an aircraft to spray clouds with salts like silver or potassium iodide or solid carbon dioxide, also known as dry ice, to induce precipitation. WIRED, 13 Nov. 2023 There has been a rush elsewhere in Europe on potassium iodide — which protects the thyroid gland in the neck in case of radiation exposure — including in Finland where the government urged the population to buy them. Vanessa Gera, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Oct. 2022 City officials are already taking steps to prepare, including giving 50,000 residents potassium iodide tablets — which can help block the absorption of radioactive iodine in humans during prolonged exposure. Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2022 Local authorities in the Zaporizhzhia region have begun distributing potassium iodide tablets to residents in case of such a leak. John Hudson, Washington Post, 27 Aug. 2022 If large amounts of radiation are released, the Japanese government is prepared with potassium iodide pills. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 17 Mar. 2011 Governments should have a national stockpile of personal protective equipment, but also a range of pharmaceuticals, including potassium iodide tablets, antiemetics, anti-diarrhoeal agents, decorporating agents, alkylating agents, and other medications, WHO said. Paul Best, Fox News, 30 Jan. 2023 Demand for another radiation protection measure -- potassium iodide pills -- has jumped in recent weeks as anxiety grows over the looming threat of use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine, which would pose a risk of radioactive iodine (or radioiodine) being released. Parija Kavilanz, CNN, 29 Mar. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of potassium iodide was in 1851

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“Potassium iodide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potassium%20iodide. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

potassium iodide

noun
: a crystalline salt KI that is very soluble in water and is used medically chiefly in the treatment of hyperthyroidism, to block thyroidal uptake of radioactive iodine, and as an expectorant
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