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[fos-fawr-ik, -for-] /fɒsˈfɔr ɪk, -ˈfɒr-/

adjective, Chemistry.
of or containing , especially in the pentavalent state.
of or containing phosphorus in the pentavalent state

1784, from French phosphorique, from phosphore (see phosphorous). Related: Phosphorical (1753).

phosphoric phos·phor·ic (fŏs-fôr’ĭk)
Of, relating to, or containing phosphorus, especially with a valence of 5 or a valence higher than that of a comparable phosphorous compound.


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