Definition of phosphonic acid in English:

phosphonic acid

Line breaks: phos|phon¦ic acid
Pronunciation: /fɒsˈfɒnɪk


[mass noun] Chemistry
  • A crystalline acid obtained by the reaction of phosphorus trioxide with water.
    • A dibasic acid; chemical formula: HPO(OH)2
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    • The phosphoric or phosphonic acid ester formed with the enzyme is extremely stable and is hydrolyzed very slowly.
    • A Hoffman rearrangement employing sodium hypobromite yielded the amine which was acid hydrolysed to obtain crude 2-aminoindan - 2 - phosphonic acid.
    • The abscission process was also induced in vivo by embrioctomy or 2-chloroethyl phosphonic acid treatment in fruitlets and by deblading in leaves.


late 19th century: phosphonic from phospho- 'relating to phosphorus', on the pattern of sulphonic.

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