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noun Chemistry.

a colorless, crystalline, water-soluble acid of phosphorus, H3PO3, from which phosphites are derived.

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Origin of phosphorous acid

First recorded in 1785–95
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British Dictionary definitions for phosphorous acid

phosphorous acid

noun

Also called: orthophosphorous acid a white or yellowish hygroscopic crystalline dibasic acid. Formula: H 3 PO 3Systematic name: phosphoric acid
any oxyacid of phosphorus containing less oxygen than the corresponding phosphoric acid
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Scientific definitions for phosphorous acid

phosphorous acid
[ fŏsfər-əs, fŏs-fôrəs ]

A white or yellowish crystalline solid used as a reducing agent. It is hygroscopic (easily absorbs moisture from the atmosphere). Chemical formula: H3PO3.
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