- a colorless, poisonous, ill-smelling, flammable gas, PH3.
- any of certain organic derivatives of this compound.
Origin of phosphine
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In the preparation of phosphine, why is coal gas passed into the flask?
Phosphine is a gas of unpleasant odor and is exceedingly poisonous.
For the detection of phosphine, Berg's solution may be used.
The difficulty with this explanation is that phosphine is not known as a decomposition product of organized matter.The Nature of Animal Light
E. Newton Harvey
According to Bullier, however, acetylene must contain 80 per cent of phosphine to render it spontaneously inflammable.
- a colourless flammable gas that is slightly soluble in water and has a strong fishy odour: used as a pesticide. Formula: PH 3
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