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see chloratechlorate
and perchlorate
, salts of chloric acid, HClO3, and perchloric acid, HClO4, respectively. Chloric Acid and Its Salts

Chloric acid, HClO3·7H2
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any salt of perchloric acid (HClO4). A perchlorate is colorless if its cation is colorless. Perchlorates dissolve freely in water, except potassium perchlorate (KCIO4), whose slight solubility is only 1.3 g per 100 g H2 O at 25°C. They are stable when heated to temperatures between 300° and 600°C; at higher temperatures they decompose and release oxygen, as in the reaction KCIO4 = KCl + 2O2. Among the methods for obtaining perchlorates are heating of chlorates and electrolysis of chlorate solutions. Perchlorates are used to make safety explosives; for example, KCIO4 is a stronger oxidizing agent than potassium chlorate (KCIO3) and is suitable for storage, since it does not explode upon friction or impact.


(inorganic chemistry)
A salt of perchloric acid containing the ClO4- radical; for example, potassium perchlorate, KClO4.
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Perchlorate is known to reduce absorption of iodine from the blood into the thyroid, where iodine is needed to make the thyroid hormone, T4.
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In large doses, perchlorate can block the thyroid gland's uptake of iodine, which can lead to developmental delays in children.
The agency is also asking the NAS how it should consider the role of perchlorate relative to other iodide uptake inhibiting compounds and other public health strategies exist to address this aspect of thyroid health.
California, the National Academy of Sciences and Massachusetts have all used a 2002 study that tested the effects of perchlorate on humans.
The CDC's study, released today, found that perchlorate exposure is affecting thyroid hormone levels in American women, particularly those with lower iodide intake.
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GAO investigators detected perchlorate in 35 states at 395 sites, over half of them in California and Texas.
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