Definitions

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  • adj. affected, or caused by the presence of phosphorus

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Produced by phosphorus poisoning.

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Examples

  • So the factory workers who worked at those matchstick factories would actually get something known as phossy (ph) jaw, that's what they called it.

    CNN Transcript Nov 16, 2005

  • Long-term exposure to lesser concentrations over several months or years may lead to a condition called "phossy jaw", where mouth wounds are caused that fail to heal and the jawbone eventually breaks down.

    A message from my inner Frenchman

  • Compare me with one of those rascals who disseminate phossy jaw and lead poisons, compare me with a millionaire who runs a music hall with an eye to feminine talent, or an underwriter, or the common stockbroker.

    Love and Mr Lewisham

  • He is clothed in the lives of bent and thwarted weavers, his Way is lit by phossy jaw, he eats from lead-glazed crockery — all his ways are paved with the lives of men ....

    Love and Mr Lewisham

  • Similar figures for phosphine cannot be given, because poisoning therewith is very rare or quite unknown: the cases of "phossy - jaw" in match factories being caused either by actual contact with yellow phosphorus or by inhalation of its vapour in the elemental state.

    Acetylene, the Principles of Its Generation and Use

  • _Phosphorus_ in some forms is a poison whether taken in solid compounds or inhaled in fumes, producing phossy jaw.

    Maintaining Health Formerly Health and Efficiency

  • The inhalation of the fumes of phosphorus, as in making vermin-killers, etc., gives rise to 'phossy-jaw.'

    Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology

  • The low wages that were reported at the meetings, the phossy jaw which was described and occasionally exhibited, the appearance of the girls themselves I did not, curiously enough, in any wise connect with what was called the labor movement, nor did I understand the efforts of the London trades-unionists, concerning whom I held the vaguest notions.

    Twenty Years at Hull-House, With Autobiographical Notes

  • He is clothed in the lives of bent and thwarted weavers, his Way is lit by phossy jaw, he eats from lead-glazed crockery -- all his ways are paved with the lives of men ....

    Love and Mr. Lewisham

  • This gloomy place need not be a mine: it might just as well be a match-factory, with yellow phosphorus, phossy jaw, a large dividend, and plenty of clergymen shareholders.

    The Perfect Wagnerite, Commentary on the Ring

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