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phosphorusphos‧pho‧rus /ˈfɒsfərəs $ ˈfɑːs-/ noun [uncountable]  HCEa poisonous yellowish chemical substance that starts to burn when it is in the air, and shines in the dark. It is a chemical element: symbol Pphosphoric /fɒsˈfɒrɪk $ fɑːsˈfɔː-, fɑːsˈfɑː-, ˈfɑːsfərɪk/ adjective phosphoric acid
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phosphorusThe different soda, magnesia and phosphorus pentoxide levels can be related to the use of a different soda source.In deeper shade, apply phosphorus occasionally as a boost for flowering plants.Black phosphorus only occurs at high pressures-this is not shown in figure 6.9.When combined with the effect on bone, the overall result is a decreased blood phosphorus.This must be rectified because a higher phosphorus level will interfere with calcium absorption in the horse's gut creating further problems.Examples are iron, calcium, sodium, potassium, phosphorus, and magnesium.There was a trick to it, which involved artillery and white phosphorus, but the overall effect was spectacular.
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