Meaning of potassium chlorate

potas'sium chlo'rate

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— Chem. Chem.
  1. a white or colorless, crystalline, water-soluble, poisonous solid, KClO, used chiefly as an oxidizing agent in the manufacture of explosives, fireworks, matches, bleaches, and disinfectants.
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