phosphorous

[ fos-fer-uhs, fos-fawr-uhs, -fohr- ]
/ ˈfɒs fər əs, fɒsˈfɔr əs, -ˈfoʊr- /

adjective Chemistry.

containing trivalent phosphorus.

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Origin of phosphorous

First recorded in 1770–80; phosphor- + -ous

OTHER WORDS FROM phosphorous

non·phos·pho·rous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for phosphorous

phosphorous
/ (ˈfɒsfərəs) /

adjective

of or containing phosphorus in the trivalent state
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Medical definitions for phosphorous

phosphorous
[ fŏsfər-əs, fŏs-fôrəs ]

adj.

Of, relating to, or containing phosphorus, especially with a valence of 3 or a valence lower than that of a comparable phosphoric compound.
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