phosphine

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Chemical structure of phosphine, PH3

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phosph- +‎ -ine

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phosphine (countable and uncountable, plural phosphines)

  1. (inorganic chemistry, uncountable) a toxic gas; hydride of phosphorus, PH3
  2. (organic chemistry, countable) any alkyl or aryl derivative of this compound, PR3 (where at least one R is not H)
  3. (dyeing) chrysaniline, often in the form of a salt

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  • Any specific substituted phosphine is named as a phosphane, e.g. methylphosphane.

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