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

Definition of phosphide

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

Examples of phosphide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Testing a molybdenum-phosphide (MoP) catalyst with wastewater in a small reactor called a microbial electrolysis cell (MEC), scientists found that the MoP worked better than platinum. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 2 Oct. 2019 For these components, more exotic materials like indium phosphide, gallium arsenide, and germanium work better. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, 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, 7 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of phosphide

1849, in the meaning defined above

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“Phosphide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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Medical Definition of phosphide

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

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