White phosphorus (P₄)

White phosphorus (P₄)

One of the allotropes of phosphorus.



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Red phosphorus

One of the allotropes of phosphorus.

Phosphate ion (PO₄³⁻)

A compound ion formed when a phosphoric acid molecule releases a proton.

Phosphoric acid (H₃PO₄)

It is also used as a food additive, limescale and rust remover.

Phosphorus pentoxide (P₂O₅)

A compound formed as white smoke during the combustion of phosphorus.

Phosphorus trichloride (PCl₃)

Colourless liquid that gives off smoke in moist air.

The phosphorus cycle

The phosphorus cycle describes the movement of phosphorus through the lithosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere.

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