White Phosphorus

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A toxic allotrope of phosphorus that reacts spontaneously at room temperature with ambient O2, and is highly combustible, especially > 30ºC; the vapours are highly irritating to the eyes and respiratory tract and cause deep thermal burns at sites of skin contact; prolonged exposure is associated with facial bone necrosis, abdominal pain, jaundice, ‘garlic breath’, anaemia, cachexia, blepharospasm, photophobia
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