potassium iodide

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potassium iodide

[pə′tas·ē·əm ′ī·ə‚dīd]
(inorganic chemistry)
KI Water- and alcohol-soluble, white crystals with saline taste; melts at 686°C; used in medicine and photography, and as an analytical reagent.
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The potassium iodine pills, which shield the thyroid gland from radioactivity, would not be effective if Iraq struck at Israel with nuclear weapons or a "dirty" radioactive bomb, but rather would provide protection if radiation leaked from a nuclear reactor undergoing a meltdown as the result of a direct hit, an accident or a technical glitch.
If the terrorist used a nuclear weapon or there is an accident at another Three Mile Island, doctors won't have the drug, potassium iodine, that reduces the risk of thyroid cancer in people exposed to fallout.
Table 36: US Imports of Potassium Iodine (2006 & 2007 (E)): Percentage Breakdown by Country - Brazil, Canada, Chile, and Others (Volume in Metric Tons and Value in US$ Thousand) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart) III-4

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