potassium iodide

noun

Definition of potassium iodide 

: 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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In Hawaii and other parts of the United States, there has been, for example, a spike in sales of potassium iodide, a drug that can block the thyroid gland from absorbing radioactive iodine released in a nuclear attack. Clyde Haberman, New York Times, "‘This Is Not a Drill’: The Growing Threat of Nuclear Annihilation," 13 May 2018 Demand for potassium iodide from the website nukepills.com soared after Trump’s comments, according to Kaiser Health News (KHN). Korin Miller, SELF, "Sorry, Potassium Iodide Pills Alone Won’t Save You From a Nuclear Attack—But Here’s What Might," 12 Jan. 2018 Orders have been flooding in for potassium iodide pills, fine-particulate face masks and radiation wipes. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "What to do in case of a nuclear attack," 14 Jan. 2018 Orders have been flooding in for potassium iodide pills, fine-particulate face masks and radiation wipes. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "What to do in case of a nuclear attack," 14 Jan. 2018 States with nuclear reactors and populations within a 10-mile radius of the reactors stockpile potassium iodide to distribute in case of an emergency, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. NBC News, "Anti-radiation drug sales skyrocket after ‘nuclear button’ tweet," 11 Jan. 2018

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potassium iodide

noun

Medical Definition of potassium iodide 

: 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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