- of or containing phosphorus, especially in the pentavalent state.
Origin of phosphoric
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Examples from the Web for phosphoric
The first invention was what were called "phosphoric tapers."The Story of a Tinder-box
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Up started Ferdinand and put his phosphoric treasures into action.Book-Lovers, Bibliomaniacs and Book Clubs
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These ingredients are nitrogen, phosphoric acid, and potash.
Or, for every 142 parts of phosphoric acid, there are 224 parts of lime.
In it, for every 142 parts of phosphoric acid, there are only 56 parts of lime.
- of or containing phosphorus in the pentavalent state
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Word Origin and History for phosphoric
1784, from French phosphorique, from phosphore (see phosphorous). Related: Phosphorical (1753).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Of, relating to, or containing phosphorus, especially with a valence of 5 or a valence higher than that of a comparable phosphorous compound.
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