[fos-fuh-riz-uh m] /ˈfɒs fəˌrɪz əm/ noun, Pathology. 1. chronic phosphorus poisoning. /ˈfɒsfəˌrɪzəm/ noun 1. poisoning caused by prolonged exposure to phosphorus phosphorism phos·pho·rism (fŏs’fə-rĭz’əm) n. Chronic phosphorus poisoning.
[fos-fuh-rahyt] /ˈfɒs fəˌraɪt/ noun 1. a sedimentary rock sufficiently rich in phosphate minerals to be used as a source of phosphorus for fertilizers. /ˈfɒsfəˌraɪt/ noun 1. a fibrous variety of the mineral apatite 2. any of various mineral deposits that consist mainly of calcium phosphate
[fos-fuh-rahyz] /ˈfɒs fəˌraɪz/ verb (used with object), phosphorized, phosphorizing. 1. (def 1).
1. a combining form representing phosphorus, in compound words: phosphoroscope. phosphoro- or phosphor- pref.