hypophosphorousmedical dictionary

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

<chemistry> Hypophosphorous acid, an acid, H3PO2, whose salts are produced by the action of barium hygrate on phosphorus. It may be obtained from its water solution, by exaporation and freezing, as a white crystalline substance. It is a powerful reducing agent.

Origin: Pref. Hypo- + phosphorous.

(01 Mar 1998)