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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or containing phosphorus, especially with valence 5 or a valence higher than that of a comparable phosphorous compound.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to phosphorus.
  • adj. Resembling phosphorus.
  • adj. Of a compound, containing phosphorus in a higher oxidation number than phosphorous compounds, especially with one of 5.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to phosphorus; resembling, or containing, from us; specifically, designating those compounds in which phosphorus has a higher valence as contrasted with the phosphorous compounds.
  • adj. Phosphorescent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to, obtained from, or resembling phosphorus; phosphorescent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. containing or characteristic of phosphorus

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