Definition of Phosphine

1. Noun. A colorless gas with a strong fishy smell; used as a pesticide.

Generic synonyms: Gas, Pesticide



Definition of Phosphine

1. n. A colorless gas, PH3, analogous to ammonia, and having a disagreeable odor resembling that of garlic. Called also hydrogen phosphide, and formerly, phosphureted hydrogen.

2. n. Chrysaniline, often in the form of a salt.

Definition of Phosphine

1. Noun. (chemistry uncountable) a toxic gas; hydride of phosphorus, PH3 ¹

2. Noun. (chemistry countable) any alkyl or aryl derivative of this compound, PR3 (where at least one R is not H) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Phosphine

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Phosphine

1. A colourless gas, PH3, analogous to ammonia, and having a disagreeable odour resembling that of garlic. Synonym: hydrogen phosphide, and formerly, phosphureted hydrogen. It is the most important compound of phosphorus and hydrogen, and is produced by the action of caustic potash on phosphorus. It is spontaneously inflammable, owing to impurities, and in burning produces peculiar vortical rings of smoke. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Phosphine

phosphepane
phosphepine
phosphetane
phosphid
phosphide
phosphides
phosphids
phosphin
phosphinane
phosphinate
phosphinates
phosphindole
phosphindoles
phosphindolizine
phosphindolizines
phosphine (current term)
phosphine imide
phosphine oxide
phosphine oxides
phosphine sulfide
phosphines
phosphinic
phosphinic acid
phosphinic acids
phosphinico-
phosphinidene
phosphinidenes
phosphinimide
phosphinine
phosphinite

Literary usage of Phosphine

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Gas Analysis by Louis Munroe Dennis (1913)
"N Determination of phosphine in Acetylene. — phosphine is almost always present1 in crude acetylene. It is due to the reaction between calcium phosphide and ..."

2. Gas Analysis by Louis Munroe Dennis (1913)
"Determination of phosphine in Acetylene. — phosphine is almost always present 1 in crude acetylene. It is due to the reaction between calcium phosphide and ..."

3. An Introduction to the Study of Chemistry by Ira Remsen (1909)
"The spontaneous inflammability of phosphine has been found to be due to the ... It is decomposed by exposure to light, so that phosphine which is thus ..."

4. Poisons: Their Effects and Detection by Alexander Wynter Blyth, Meredith Wynter Blyth (1906)
"phosphine, when quite dry, burns with a white flame, but if mixed with aqueous vapour ... If sulphur is heated in a stream of phosphine, hydric sulphide and ..."

5. Methods of Gas Analysis by Walther Hempel (1892)
"H. phosphine is a colourless gas with a very unpleasant odour, resembling that ... phosphine takes fire when brought in contact with a drop of fuming nitric ..."

6. Commercial Organic Analysis: A Treatise on the Properties, Proximate by Alfred Henry Allen (1900)
"NH, The commercial product phosphine is usually the nitrate or according to ... Commercial phosphine forms an orange-yellow powder, readily soluble if the ..."

7. Fownes Manual of Chemistry, Theoretical and Practical: A New American from by George Fownes (1885)
"It is decomposed by light into gaseous phosphine, and a solid phosphide, PVH, which is often ... Ii is to be observed that pure phosphine gas itself becomes ..."

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