a white, deliquescent, water-soluble solid, KOH, usually in the form of lumps, sticks, or pellets, that upon solution in water generates heat: used chiefly in the manufacture of soap, as a laboratory reagent, and as a caustic.
Origin of potassium hydroxide
First recorded in 1880–85
Also called caustic potash, potassium hydrate.
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British Dictionary definitions for potassium hydroxide
a white deliquescent alkaline solid used in the manufacture of soap, liquid shampoos, and detergents. Formula: KOHAlso called: caustic potash See also lye
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Medicine definitions for potassium hydroxide
A caustic white solid used as a bleach and in the manufacture of soaps, dyes, and many potassium compounds.potash
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Science definitions for potassium hydroxide
A white, corrosive, solid compound used in bleaches and to make soaps and detergents. It is deliquescent, soluble in water and very soluble in alcohol. In solution, it forms lye. Chemical formula: KOH.
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