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It is used in the laboratory as a buffering agent and chelator. In renal function studies, potassium citrate is used as an alkanizing agent where the citric acid is a metabolic substrate in renal cells. Studies have shown that potassium citrate may increase bone density, it is therefore used in research experiments related to the treatment of osteoporosis.
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