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phossy jaw

/ (ˈfɒsɪ) /
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noun

a gangrenous condition of the lower jawbone caused by prolonged exposure to phosphorus fumes

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Word Origin for phossy jaw

C19: phossy, colloquial shortening of phosphorus
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