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1. (Chem) Of or pertaining to phosphorus; resembling, or containing, from us; specifically, designating those compounds in which phosphorus has a higher valence as contrasted with the phosphorous compounds.

2. Phosphorescent. A phosphoric sea. glacial phosphoric acid.

(Science: chemistry) Phosphoric acid changed from acid (soluble) salts back to neutral or basic (insoluble) salts.

Origin: Cf. F. Phosphorique.