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Definition of "phosphoric" [phos•phor•ic]

  • Of, relating to, or containing phosphorus, especially with valence 5 or a valence higher than that of a comparable phosphorous compound. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "phosphoric" in a sentence
  • "~ Phosphorus forms two well-known oxides, -- the trioxide (P_ {2} O_ {3}) and the pentoxide (P_ {2} O_ {5}), sometimes called phosphoric anhydride."
  • "The most common source of phosphorus, usually referred to as phosphoric acid, is acid phosphate."
  • "United with oxygen, phosphorus forms what is known as phosphoric acid; this, with lime, makes phosphate of lime, in which form it is found in the bones and teeth; it is found also in the brain and nerves, flesh and blood."