|1.||Also called: orthophosphoric acid, Systematic name: phosphoric(V) acid a colourless solid tribasic acid used in the manufacture of fertilizers and soap. Formula: H3PO4|
|2.||metaphosphoric acid pyrophosphoric acid See also hypophosphoric acid any oxyacid of phosphorus produced by reaction between phosphorus pentoxide and water|
phosphoric acid phos·phor·ic acid (fŏs-fôr'ĭk)
A clear colorless liquid used in pharmaceuticals. Also called orthophosphoric acid.
|phosphoric acid (fŏs-fôr'ĭk) Pronunciation Key
A clear liquid, or a solid that forms colorless, rhombus-shaped crystals, that is used in fertilizers, detergents, food flavoring, and pharmaceuticals. Chemical formula: H3PO4.
(H3PO4), the most important oxygen acid of phosphorus, used to make phosphate salts for fertilizers. It is also used in dental cements, in the preparation of albumin derivatives, and in the sugar and textile industries. It serves as an acidic, fruitlike flavouring in food products
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