silver iodide

noun

Definition of silver iodide 

: a compound AgI that darkens on exposure to light and is used in photography, rainmaking, and medicine

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The silver iodide will allow water vapor to condense, forming clouds that will draw rain. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "China Is Building a Massive Network of Chemical Rainmakers," 15 Apr. 2018 Some researchers question the safety of the rain system: releasing silver iodide at ground level can potentially cause health issues for workers in the area. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "China Is Building a Massive Network of Chemical Rainmakers," 15 Apr. 2018 The rainmakers, developed by China's Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, will burn chemical fuel to release silver iodide into the air. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "China Is Building a Massive Network of Chemical Rainmakers," 15 Apr. 2018 The South China Morning Post says that 500 test burners have been built in order to send silver iodide particles into the atmosphere over Tibet. The Economist, "Politics this week," 5 Apr. 2018 Others use airplanes to drop flares that generate silver iodide smoke into clouds, or to fly into a storm with flares strapped to their wings. Sophie Quinton, Washington Post, "‘Cloud seeding’ may make it snow, but will it reduce droughts in the West?," 26 Feb. 2018 Meanwhile, some American resorts are trying to coax more snow out of the clouds by seeding them with plumes of silver iodide. The Economist, "Trouble on the slopesWinter sports face a double threat, from climate and demographic change," 25 Jan. 2018 Pilots in sturdy airplanes would plunge into the eyewall and seed it with dry ice or silver iodide. Sam Kean, The Atlantic, "The Chemist Who Thought He Could Harness Hurricanes," 5 Sep. 2017 And after a two-decade federal experiment called Project Stormfury failed to control hurricanes with silver iodide seeding, the idea fell into scientific disfavor, too. National Geographic, "Can We Engineer a Way to Stop a Hurricane?," 13 Oct. 2017

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silver iodide

noun

Medical Definition of silver iodide 

: a compound AgI that darkens on exposure to light and is used in medicine as a local antiseptic

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