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A compound of phosphorus with valence -3, for example, sodium phosphide, Na3P.


A compound of phosphorus with valence -3, e.g., sodium phosphide, Na3P.


(fos'fid) [? + phorein, to carry]
A binary compound of phosphorus with an element or radical.

aluminum phosphide

A pesticide used to protect stored grains from insects and rodents. After exposure to water it is converted to hydrogen phosphide, a poison that inhibits cellular oxidative metabolism, esp. in metabolically active organs. It may be toxic or deadly to humans if ingested or inhaled. Its chemical formula is AlP.


There is no specific antidote. Cardiopulmonary support is given to intoxicated patients.

hydrogen phosphide

A poison that is released when phosphide pesticides react with water. It inhibits oxidative metabolism in cells and may be deadly if eaten or inhaled. Chemical formula is PH3. Synonym: phosphine

zinc phosphide

A toxic pesticide that releases hydrogen phosphide after exposure to water. Its chemical formula is Zn3P2.
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Effects of CA Addition on the Catalytic Activity of Molybdenum Phosphide Catalysts
After continuous reaction at 1023 K for 5h, no extra diffraction peaks appeared except the characteristic peaks of molybdenum phosphide (Fig.
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Pediatric patients (age <18 years) and patients who had consumed zinc phosphide by mixing with other substances or poisons (alcohol, sedatives etc) were excluded from the study.
Almost all around the globe, phosphide is commonly used for suicide attempts by the younger productive age group of society (14).
The effect of phosphine causing failure of the heart, lungs, and gastrointestinal tract is well studied in cases of aluminum phosphide poisoning, but the effect of it in the liver and renal parenchyma is not well studied (12, 19, 21).
Coagulopathy in the form of raised INR was seen in 75% patients-this is a new observation and has not been described in other studies as not many of these have concentrated on the hepatic manifestations of phosphide.
Our study group included patients that were admitted to our center, and thus, represented only a small percentage of cases of zinc phosphide poisoning in our state.
Although it is a rare form of suicide attempt, the mortality rate in patients with acute zinc phosphide poisoning is very high.
A rare type of suicide attempt in East Turkey: Acute zinc phosphide poisoning.
Free radical scavengers and lipid peroxidation in acute aluminium phosphide poisoning.