- a white or colorless, crystalline, water-soluble, poisonous solid, KClO3, used chiefly as an oxidizing agent in the manufacture of explosives, fireworks, matches, bleaches, and disinfectants.
Origin of potassium chlorate
First recorded in 1880–85
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- a white crystalline soluble substance used in fireworks, matches, and explosives, and as a disinfectant and bleaching agent. Formula: KClO 3
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- A poisonous crystalline compound used as an oxidizing agent and disinfectant.
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