potassium nitrate

noun

: a crystalline salt KNO3 that occurs as a product of nitrification in arable soils, is a strong oxidizer, and is used especially in making gunpowder, as a fertilizer, and in medicine

Example Sentences

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Word History

First Known Use

1866, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of potassium nitrate was in 1866

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“Potassium nitrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potassium%20nitrate. Accessed 9 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

potassium nitrate

noun
: a salt used in making gunpowder, as a fertilizer, and in medicine

Medical Definition

potassium nitrate

noun
: a crystalline salt KNO3 that is a strong oxidizing agent and is used in medicine chiefly as a diuretic

called also niter, saltpeter

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