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phosphorus

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English

Chemical element
P Previous: silicon (Si)
Next: sulfur (S)

Pronunciation

  • (RP) fŏsʹfərəs, /ˈfɒsfərəs/, /"fQsf@r@s/
  • (US) fäsʹfərəs, /ˈfɑsfɚəs/, /"fAsf@`@s/

Etymology

From Latinised Greek phosphorus, from Ancient Greek φωσφόρος (fosfóros), the bearer of light), from φῶς (fos), light) + φέρω (phéro), to bear, to carry).

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Noun

Singular
phosphorus

Plural
-

phosphorus (-)
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  1. (chemistry) a chemical element (symbol P) with an atomic number of 15, that exists in several allotropic forms.
  2. (obsolete) any substance exhibiting phosphorescence; a phosphor

Usage notes

  • Do not confuse phosphorus with phosphorous, which is an adjective.

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External links

For etymology and more information refer to: http://elements.vanderkrogt.net/elem/be.html (A lot of the translations were taken from that site with permission from the author)


Latin

Noun

phosphorus m.

  1. phosphorus

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