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Potassium Nitrate

Potassium Nitrate

Potassium nitrate (saltpeter) is a compound found in natural sources and is also produced synthetically. Ingestion of large quantities of potassium nitrate will cause inflammation of the mucous membranes of the stomach and intestines. Continuous exposure to small amounts will cause anemia, inflammation of the kidneys, and other reactions. It is used therapeutically as a diuretic. Potassium nitrate is used commercially in fireworks, matches, in the manufacture of glass, and many other products.


References
Windholz, Martha, Susan Budavani, et. al. 1976. The Merck Index. Merck and Co., Inc. New Jersey.