potassium nitrate

noun

Definition of potassium nitrate

: 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

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Recent Examples on the Web For ages, the main ingredients of gunpowder have consisted of sulfur, carbon and potassium nitrate, commonly known as saltpeter. The New York Times, Arkansas Online, 10 Oct. 2021 Gunpowder makers in the 14th and 15th centuries used black powder brought to Europe from China, then mixed its three ingredients together one by one: saltpeter (also known as potassium nitrate), charcoal, and sulfur. Eric Niiler, Wired, 29 Sep. 2021 Stumps of larger vines can be killed by drilling holes and filling with molasses or saltpeter (potassium nitrate). Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 16 Aug. 2021 Homemade smoke bombs are usually made with gunpowder or potassium nitrate, an ingredient in fertilizer. BostonGlobe.com, 17 Apr. 2021 Homemade smoke bombs are usually made with gunpowder or potassium nitrate, an ingredient in fertilizer. New York Times, 17 Apr. 2021 To keep it from melting, the ice was treated with potassium nitrate, otherwise known as saltpetre. Tulasi Srinivas, CNN, 31 Dec. 2020 To keep it from melting, the ice was treated with potassium nitrate, otherwise known as saltpetre. Tulasi Srinivas, CNN, 31 Dec. 2020 To keep it from melting, the ice was treated with potassium nitrate, otherwise known as saltpetre. Tulasi Srinivas, CNN, 31 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of potassium nitrate

1866, in the meaning defined above

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12 Oct 2021

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“Potassium nitrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potassium%20nitrate. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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potassium nitrate

noun

Medical Definition of potassium nitrate

: 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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