from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Chem.) 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.
  • adjective Phosphorescent.
  • adjective (Chem.) Pure normal phosphoric acid.
  • adjective (Chem.) a white crystalline substance, H3PO4, which is the most highly oxidized acid of phosphorus, and forms an important and extensive series of compounds, viz., the phosphates.
  • adjective (Agric. Chem.) phosphoric acid combined in acid salts, or in neutral or basic salts, which are respectively soluble and insoluble in water or in plant juices.
  • adjective (Agric. Chem.) phosphoric acid changed from acid (soluble) salts back to neutral or basic (insoluble) salts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • adjective containing or characteristic of phosphorus


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