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Pronunciation: fos'fen, -fin

Definition: A colorless poisonous war gas (PH3) with a characteristic garliclike odor; also the active agent in some rodenticides; formed in small quantities in the putrefaction of organic matter containing phosphorus.

Synonym(s): hydrogen phosphide, phosphureted hydrogen

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