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  • Potassium iodide is an inorganic compound with formula KI. This colorless salt is the most commercially significant iodide compound.
  • Potassium iodide is a salt of stable iodine which is an important chemical needed by the body to make thyroid hormones.


  • Potassium iodide is ionic, K+I−.
  • It crystallizes in the sodium chloride motif.
  • It is produced industrially by treating KOH with iodine.


  • The risk of radioactive-iodine-induced thyroid cancer is greatest for children, adolescents and pregnant women.
  • Many potassium iodide products are available in the US, especially via the internet.


  • The major uses of KI include nutritional supplement in animal feeds, a precursor to AgI, and as a component in disinfectants.
  • Potassium iodide is also added to table salt in small quantities to make it "iodized."
  • KI is also used as a fluorescence quenching agent in biomedical research because of collisional quenching by its iodide ion.
  • A saturated solution of potassium iodide, abbreviated SSKI, is also used as treatment for sporotrichosis, a fungal infection.

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