phosphorus 32

noun Chemistry.

a radioactive isotope of phosphorus, used as a chemotherapeutic agent.

Nearby words

  1. phosphorolysis,
  2. phosphoroscope,
  3. phosphorous,
  4. phosphorous acid,
  5. phosphorus,
  6. phosphorus pentoxide,
  7. phosphorus sesquisulfide,
  8. phosphorus trichloride,
  9. phosphorus-32,
  10. phosphoryl group

Also called radiophosphorus. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for phosphorus-32



A radioactive beta-emitting isotope of phosphorus having a half-life of 14.3 days and used as a tracer in studies of the metabolism of nucleic acids and phospholipids, and also used in the treatment of certain diseases of the osseous and hematopoietic systems.

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