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phosphorate

[fos-fuh-reyt] /ˈfɒs fəˌreɪt/
verb (used with object), phosphorated, phosphorating.
1.
Also, phosphorize. Chemistry. to combine or impregnate with phosphorus.
2.
to cause to have phosphorescence.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90; phosphor- or phosphor + -ate1
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phosphorate

/ˈfɒsfəˌreɪt/
verb
1.
to treat or combine with phosphorus
2.
(transitive) (rare) to cause (a substance) to exhibit phosphorescence
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