Definition of potassium nitrate in English:

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potassium nitrate


[mass noun]
A white crystalline salt which occurs naturally in nitre and is used in preserving meat and as a constituent of gunpowder.
  • Chemical formula: KNO3.
Example sentences
  • Fertilizers containing high amounts of nitrate of soda, muriate of potash, potassium nitrate and ammonium nitrate can cause the highest accumulated salts.
  • Several formulations are available, and all are based on fertilizers such as urea, ammonium nitrate, ammoniated phosphates, potassium sulfate, potassium nitrate.
  • The first chemical explosive was gunpowder, or black powder, a mixture of charcoal, sulfur, and potassium nitrate.

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