potassium chlorate

  1. 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

Words Nearby potassium chlorate

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How to use potassium chlorate in a sentence

  • White Gunpowder: a mixture of potassium chlorate, potassium ferrocyanide, and sugar.

  • Chloratzit: potassium chlorate or perchlorate, aryl nitro-bodies, resins, and carbohydrates.

  • Rackarock, rak′a-rok, n. an explosive of potassium chlorate and nitro-benzol.

  • During the process of fusion potassium chlorate is added, by which means the yield of alizarin is considerably increased.

    Coal | Raphael Meldola
  • A new application for caustic soda and potassium chlorate necessitated an increased production of these materials.

    Coal | Raphael Meldola

British Dictionary definitions for potassium chlorate

potassium chlorate

  1. 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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