โ–ธโ–ธ
  • ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Phosphorus
  • ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ ็ฃท
  • ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Fosfor
  • ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท Phosphore
  • ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Phosphor
  • ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ ื–ืจื—ืŸ
  • ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Fosforo
  • ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต ใƒชใƒณ
  • ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น Fósforo
  • ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ ะคะพัั„ะพั€
  • ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Fósforo
  • ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Fosfor

Phosphorus: biological information

Phosphorus is a key component of biological molecules such as DNA and RNA. Phosphorus is a component of bones, and teeth, and many other compounds required for life. Chronic poisoning of people working unprotected with white phosphorus leads to necrosis of the jaw ("phossy-jaw").

Levels in humans

The abundances of the elements in humans.

How much phosphorus is in your body? Find out here.

You can use this form to calculate how much phosphorus your body contains. Enter your weight in either kilograms or pounds and click the "Calculate" button. You must enter a number, not text! Elements for which there are no data will always give a value of zero for the weight, no matter what you put in the weight box.

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Image showing periodicity of the logarithm of the abundance of the chemical elements as a heat map on a periodic table grid.
Image showing periodicity of the logarithm of the abundance of the chemical elements as a heat map on a periodic table grid.
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Image showing periodicity of the logarithm of the abundance of the chemical elements as a cityscape on a periodic table grid.

Hazards and Risks

Hazards and risks associated with phosphorus:

Elemental phosphorus is severely toxic, the white form more so than the red form. Chronic poisoning of those working unprotected with white phosphorus leads to necrosis of the jaw ("phossy-jaw"). Phosphate esters are nerve poisons and should only be handled by a competent chemist. Inorganic phosphate are relatively harmless. Phosphate pollution occurs as a result of leached fertilisers and from many detergents.

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