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1. A colorless, spontaneously flammable poisonous gas, PH3, having a fishy odor and used as a fumigant and as a doping agent for solid-state components. Also called phosphane.
2. Any of several organic compounds having the structure of an amine but with phosphorus in place of nitrogen.


(Elements & Compounds) a colourless flammable gas that is slightly soluble in water and has a strong fishy odour: used as a pesticide. Formula: PH3


(ˈfɒs fin, -fɪn)

1. a colorless, poisonous, ill-smelling, flammable gas, PH3.
2. any of certain organic derivatives of this compound.
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Noun1.phosphine - a colorless gas with a strong fishy smell; used as a pesticide
gas - a fluid in the gaseous state having neither independent shape nor volume and being able to expand indefinitely
pesticide - a chemical used to kill pests (as rodents or insects)


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[10,11] The general acceptance of phosphine as a fumigant started in the 1980s when public concern over chemical residues in foods became more pronounced in the United States, at that time potentially hazardous amounts of ethylene dibromide (EDB) were detected in several finished grain-based products by governmental food-monitoring laboratories.