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Pronunciation: fos'fo-ne-kro'sis

Definition: Necrosis of the bone of the jaw, a result of poisoning by inhalation of phosphorus fumes, occurring especially in people who work with the element.

[phosphorus + G. nekrosis, death (necrosis)]

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