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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Recent Examples on the Web The grains comprised of aluminum, silver iodine, phosphide, and silicon carbide, as well as a compound of nickel and phosphorus, with very little iron. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 2 June 2022 That high iron component, plus the presence of nickel and phosphide, also rules out the more common Type II supernova. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 2 June 2022 Then, in 2018, nickel phosphide, an element that has never been found in any object in our solar system, was found in the stone. Tamara Qiblawi, CNN, 20 May 2022 NSW Farmers President James Jackson said there needs to be urgent action from the state government, including emergency permission to use the pesticide zinc phosphide and financial assistance through a small grants program. NBC News, 26 Mar. 2021 When zinc phosphide reacts with the acid in a rodent's stomach, highly toxic phosphine gas forms. Adam Hadhazy, Popular Mechanics, 9 Mar. 2021 This is exactly what the researchers observed in gallium phosphide wires. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, 20 Mar. 2020 The cobalt phosphide catalyst, which encouraged the chemicals to interact and react, operated for 1,700 hours, or a little over 10 weeks. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 24 Oct. 2019 Rather than use platinum, the team used a catalyst of cobalt phosphide nanoparticles placed on carbon to form a fine black powder. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 24 Oct. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of phosphide

1849, in the meaning defined above

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“Phosphide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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

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