Definition of Potassium nitrate

1. Noun. (KNO3) used especially as a fertilizer and explosive.

Exact synonyms: Niter, Nitre, Saltpeter, Saltpetre
Substance meronyms: Fertiliser, Fertilizer, Plant Food
Generic synonyms: Nitrate
Derivative terms: Nitric, Nitrous

Definition of Potassium nitrate

1. Noun. (chemistry) the potassium salt of nitric acid, KNO3; used in the production of nitric acid, as a food preservative, and is used in toothpaste for sensitive gums. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Potassium Nitrate

potato bean
potato beetle
potato beetles
potato blight

Literary usage of Potassium nitrate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The New International Encyclopædia edited by Daniel Coit Gilman, Harry Thurston Peck, Frank Moore Colby (1903)
"The standard composition of gunpowder is potassium nitrate (saltpetre) 75 parts, charcoal 15 parts, and sulphur 10 parts; although these ingredients ..."

2. American Druggist (1885)
"I. potassium nitrate, 24; washed flowers of sulphur, 7; arseni- ous sulphide, 2. II. ... potassium nitrate, 12; washed flowers of sulphur, 3; antimony, 2. ..."

3. Standard Methods of Chemical Analysis: A Manual of Analytical Methods and by Wilfred Welday Scott (1917)
"11.6 grams of standard potassium nitrate, equivalent to about 9.6 grams of NaN03, ... Standard potassium nitrate. The purest nitrate that can be obtained L ..."

4. A Dictionary of Chemical Solubilities: Inorganic by Arthur Messinger Comey, Dorothy Anna Hahn (1921)
"potassium nitrate phosphomolybdate. See Phosphomolybdate nitrate, potassium. ... potassium nitrate zinc iodide. Permanent. Easily sol. in HSO. ..."

5. Appletons' Annual Cyclopædia and Register of Important Events of the Year (1886)
"A small quantity of potassium nitrate is added, to increase the rapidity of the explosion. There are two grades : Atlas Powder, made in the United States, ..."

6. The Chemical News and Journal of Industrial Science (1893)
"In the experiments described, the potassium nitrate was introduced into the retort, carbon dioxide passed through until the air was completely driven out, ..."

7. Proceedings of the American Pharmaceutical Association at the Annual Meeting by American Pharmaceutical Association, National Pharmaceutical Convention, American Pharmaceutical Association Meeting (1886)
"I. potassium nitrate, 24; washed flowers of sulphur, 7; arsenious sulphide, 2. II. ... potassium nitrate, 12 ; washed flowers of sulphur, 3 ; antimony, 2. ..."

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