variant of before a vowel:

phosph- pref.
Variant of phospho-.


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    [fos-fuh-juh n, -jen] /ˈfɒs fə dʒən, -ˌdʒɛn/ noun, Biochemistry. 1. a high-energy phosphoric ester that serves as a reservoir of phosphate-bond energy, as phosphocreatine in vertebrates and phosphoarginine in invertebrates.

  • Phosphamidon

    [fos-fam-i-don] /fɒsˈfæm ɪˌdɒn/ noun, Chemistry. 1. a systemic and contact insecticide, C 1 0 H 1 9 ClNO 5 P, used against beetles, aphids, mites, and other crop pests.

  • Phosphatase

    [fos-fuh-teys, -teyz] /ˈfɒs fəˌteɪs, -ˌteɪz/ noun, Biochemistry. 1. any of several classes of esterases of varying specificity that catalyze the hydrolysis of phosphoric esters. /ˈfɒsfəˌteɪs; -ˌteɪz/ noun 1. any of a group of enzymes that catalyse the hydrolysis of organic phosphates phosphatase phos·pha·tase (fŏs’fə-tās’, -tāz’) n. Any of numerous enzymes that catalyze the hydrolysis of […]

  • Phosphate

    [fos-feyt] /ˈfɒs feɪt/ noun 1. Chemistry. 2. Agriculture. a fertilizing material containing compounds of phosphorus. 3. a carbonated drink of water and fruit syrup containing a little phosphoric acid. /ˈfɒsfeɪt/ noun 1. any salt or ester of any phosphoric acid, esp a salt of orthophosphoric acid 2. (often pl) any of several chemical fertilizers containing […]

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