- a binary compound of phosphorus with a basic element or group.
Origin of phosphide
1840–50; phosph- + -ide
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A brownish substance, supposed to be a mere mechanical mixture of phosphide and phosphate of calcium.
A phosphide, PCr, is known; it burns in oxygen forming the phosphate.
From phosphide of calcium and dilute hydrochloric acid, as above; or simply from the phosphide thrown into the water.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
A phosphide, Cu3P2, is formed by passing phosphoretted hydrogen over heated cuprous chloride.
When heated to low redness it decomposes into free iodine and phosphide of boron, BP.
- any compound of phosphorus with another element, esp a more electropositive element
- A compound of phosphorus and a more electropositive element or radical.