A binary compound of phosphorus with another element or group.
- ‘Many scientists adhered for a long time to the ‘solution precipitation’ hypothesis, according to which the loss in impact toughness was caused by precipitation of some phases, such as phosphides, at grain boundaries.’
- ‘Phosphorus reacts with sodium and probably with strontium and calcium to form phosphides that nullify the intended modification additions.’
- ‘The author has included aluminium phosphide and pyrethroid poisonings in the appendix of the text in this edition.’
- ‘Some 50 packages of the highly toxic fumigant magnesium phosphide washed up in April after a spill near the Poor Knights Islands.’
- ‘Using all-terrain vehicles, a crew of state employees and contractors will roar through thousands of acres of federal land over the next few weeks, spreading oats saturated with zinc phosphide over prairie dog burrows.’
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.