phos|pho|rus


phos|pho|rus
phos|pho|rus «FOS fuhr uhs», noun.
1. a solid nonmetallic chemical element which exists in several forms different in physical and chemical properties but not in kind of atoms. The most common form is a yellow, poisonous, waxy substance, which burns slowly at ordinary temperatures and glows in the dark. Another common form is a reddish-brown powder, nonluminous, nonpoisonous, and less flammable. »

No animal or plant can exist without phosphorus, and of all the substances necessary for plant growth, compounds containing available phosphorus are the most likely to be deficient (W. R. Jones).

2. a phosphorescent substance.
[< New Latin phosphorus < Latin phōsphorus morning star < Greek phōsphóros morning star, torchbearer < phôs, phōtós light1 + -phóros -phore < phérein to bear]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • or|ga|no|phos|pho|rus — «AWR guh noh FOS fuhr uhs», noun. a chemical compound consisting of an atom of phosphorus combined with an atom of carbon and one or more alkyl radicals, used especially as a pesticide. Malathion is an organophosphorus. Organophosphorus acts by… …   Useful english dictionary

  • ra|di|o|phos|pho|rus — «RAY dee oh FOS fuhr uhs», noun. a radioisotope of phosphorus, used in the treatment of leukemia and other diseases of the blood …   Useful english dictionary

  • phos´pho|res´cent|ly — phos|pho|res|cent «FOS fuh REHS uhnt», adjective. showing phosphorescence: »A phosphorescent jewel gives off its glow and color in the dark and loses its beauty in the light of day (Atlantic). –phos´pho|res´cent|ly, adverb …   Useful english dictionary

  • phos|pho|res|cent — «FOS fuh REHS uhnt», adjective. showing phosphorescence: »A phosphorescent jewel gives off its glow and color in the dark and loses its beauty in the light of day (Atlantic). –phos´pho|res´cent|ly, adverb …   Useful english dictionary

  • phos|pho|ret|ted — phos|pho|ret|ed or phos|pho|ret|ted «FOS fuh REHT ihd», adjective. = phosphureted. (Cf. ↑phosphureted) …   Useful english dictionary

  • phos|pho|ret|ed — or phos|pho|ret|ted «FOS fuh REHT ihd», adjective. = phosphureted. (Cf. ↑phosphureted) …   Useful english dictionary

  • pho|to|phos|pho|ryl|a|tion — «FOH toh FOS fuhr uh LAY shuhn», noun. phosphorylation induced by the presence of radiant energy in the form of visible or nonvisible light: »Cyclic photophosphorylation…provides a mechanism for the utilization of light energy without the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • phos|pho|cre|a|tine — «FOS foh KREE uh teen, tihn», noun. an energy giving substance in muscle tissue, consisting of creatine and phosphoric acid. Formula: C4H10N3O5P …   Useful english dictionary

  • phos|pho|cre|a|tin — «FOS foh KREE uh tihn», noun. = phosphocreatine. (Cf. ↑phosphocreatine) …   Useful english dictionary


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