ammonium phosphate


: a phosphate of ammonium
especially : diammonium phosphate

Examples of ammonium phosphate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And runoff from battling wildfires over the years with the use of flame retardant containing ammonium phosphate, has been shown to be toxic to fish. Jim Robbins, New York Times, 12 Sep. 2023 Phos-Chek, that neon-pink goo that airplanes dump over wildfires, is a sticky slurry of ammonium phosphate designed to coat vegetation and other fuels to deprive advancing flames of oxygen. oregonlive, 5 July 2023 That brightly colored slurry, known as Phos-Chek, coats vegetation and other fire fuel in a layer of ammonium phosphate, slowing a fire’s advance. Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 5 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1868, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ammonium phosphate was in 1868

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“Ammonium phosphate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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