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Definition: 'Potassium'

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potassium (K)

Type: Term

Pronunciation: pō-tas′ē-ŭm

Definitions:
1. An alkaline metallic element, atomic no. 19, atomic wt. 39.0983, occurring abundantly in nature but always in combination; its salts are used medicinally. For organic potassium salts not listed below, see the name of the anion.

Synonyms: kalium



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