silver iodide


Definition of silver iodide

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

Examples of silver iodide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Dubai, scientists are plotting to combat heat waves in several ways: sending aircraft to fire chemicals such as silver iodide into clouds to spur precipitation, and sending drones to zap an electrical charge into the clouds to trigger rain. Arkansas Online, 26 July 2021 Mexico is releasing silver iodide into the clouds to stimulate rain. Celina Tebor, Los Angeles Times, 16 July 2021 One study funded by the US National Science Foundation in early 2020 found that seeding with silver iodide could increase snowfall. Stephanie Bailey, CNN, 27 May 2021 But there are questions over whether seeding clouds in one location might take rain away from another location, and the long-term environmental impacts of silver iodide. Stephanie Bailey, CNN, 27 May 2021 That usually means trying to send the silver iodide into wind conditions that will result in snow above 9,000 feet in elevation. Zak Podmore, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Mar. 2021 As part of Project Cirrus, military officials decided to drop silver iodide or dry ice into the storm to promote ice crystals and perhaps weaken the storm even further. Eric Niiler, Wired, 1 Sep. 2020 Last year, South Korea attempted to artificially make rain to fight air pollution, using an aircraft to fire 24 shots of silver iodide into clouds over the Yellow Sea. Fox News, 5 May 2020 To induce rainfall, the furnaces burn chemical fuel to produce smoke laced with silver iodide. Popular Science, 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of silver iodide

1878, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of silver iodide was in 1878

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“Silver iodide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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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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