potassium permanganate

noun

Definition of potassium permanganate

: a dark purple salt KMnO4 used as an oxidizer and disinfectant

Examples of potassium permanganate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pingpong-like balls filled with potassium permanganate and injected with glycol are dropped from the air. Matt Wyatt, ExpressNews.com, 7 Jan. 2021 Each of the one-inch spheres, called Dragon Eggs, contains potassium permanganate, and just before they are released they are given a pin injection of anti-freeze. David Helvarg, National Geographic, 16 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of potassium permanganate

1866, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of potassium permanganate was in 1866

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“Potassium permanganate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potassium%20permanganate. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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potassium permanganate

noun

Medical Definition of potassium permanganate

: a dark purple salt KMnO4 used chiefly as an oxidizing agent and disinfectant

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