a chemical element (symbol P) with an atomic number of 15, that exists in several allotropic forms. (noun)
any substance exhibiting phosphorescence; a phosphor (noun)
Examples of word phosphorus
In workers exposed to the fumes of yellow phosphorus, the bone may be so devitalised that it readily becomes infected with pyogenic organisms and undergoes a process of cario-necrosis -- the _phosphorus necrosis_ of the older writers.
But is there no method of acidifying phosphorus in a slighter manner, so as to form _phosphorus_ acid?
The name phosphorus comes from the Greek word phosphoros, which means bringer of light.
I mean, we call it phosphorus but you can call it whatever you want in the end.
The ore itself takes millions of years to form, and the prospect of extracting phosphorus from the sea bed presents massive technological and financial challenges.