- any of three acids, orthophosphoric acid, H3PO4, metaphosphoric acid, HPO3, or pyrophosphoric acid, H4P2O7, derived from phosphorus pentoxide, P2O5, and various amounts of water.
Origin of phosphoric acid
First recorded in 1785–95
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- Also called: orthophosphoric acid a colourless solid tribasic acid used in the manufacture of fertilizers and soap. Formula: H 3 PO 4Systematic name: phosphoric(V) acid
- any oxyacid of phosphorus produced by reaction between phosphorus pentoxide and waterSee also metaphosphoric acid, pyrophosphoric acid, hypophosphoric acid
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- A clear colorless liquid used in pharmaceuticals.orthophosphoric acid
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- A clear liquid, or a solid that forms colorless, rhombus-shaped crystals, that is used in fertilizers, detergents, food flavoring, and pharmaceuticals. Chemical formula: H3PO4.
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