hypophosphoricmedical dictionary

<chemistry> Pertaining to, or derived from, or containing, phosphorus in a lower state of oxidation than in phosphoric compounds; as, hypophosphoric acid.

<chemistry> Hypophosphoric acid, an acid, P2H4O6, produced by the slow oxidation of moist phosphorus, and isolated only as a solution in water. It is regarded as a condensation product of one molecule of phosphoric acid with one of phosphorous acid, by partial dehydration.

Origin: Pref. Hypo- + phosphoric.

(01 Mar 1998)