[fos-fahyd, -fid]

noun Chemistry.

a binary compound of phosphorus with a basic element or group.

Origin of phosphide

1840–50; phosph- + -ide Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for phosphide



any compound of phosphorus with another element, esp a more electropositive element
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Medicine definitions for phosphide




A compound of phosphorus and a more electropositive element or radical.
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