phos·​phide | \ ˈfäs-ˌfīd How to pronounce phosphide (audio) \

Definition of phosphide

: a binary compound of phosphorus with a more electropositive element or group

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For these components, more exotic materials like indium phosphide, gallium arsenide, and germanium work better. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "How the lidar-on-a-chip technology GM just bought probably works," 11 Oct. 2017 Growers use fertilizers and pesticides long restricted or banned in the United States, including carbofuran and zinc phosphide. Author: Sharon Bernstein, Alaska Dispatch News, "Toxic waste from illegal marijuana farms alarms authorities," 7 Aug. 2017 Ordinary laser pointers have a chip containing aluminum gallium arsenide phosphide, and emit a red beam at a wavelength of 670 nanometers. Josh Mchugh, WIRED, "Beam On," 1 Aug. 2001

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First Known Use of phosphide

1849, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of phosphide

: a binary compound of phosphorus with a more electropositive element or group

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