One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A salt or ester of an oxyacid with two or more phosphorus atoms in its anion, especially any of a number used chiefly as detergents or food additives.
- ‘The higher nitrogen prices are also affecting the cost of ammonia used in production of DAP, MAP and polyphosphates.’
- ‘Scale can be controlled chemically using substances such as polyphosphates, phosphonates and various polymers.’
- ‘Made from mechanically processed meat (some of it containing recycled pet food and banned carcinogenic antibiotics), they are bound together with polyphosphates and gums.’
- ‘When some waters are heated, the raised temperature will reduce the effectiveness of the polyphosphate so that oxidized iron will accumulate in the water heater.’
- ‘Ramsay of Carluke's award-winning Ayrshire bacon has 0% water content, unlike those that are pumped full of polyphosphates to help the bacon retain water.’
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