CAS ID #: 7803-51-2
Affected Organ Systems: None
Cancer Effects: None
Chemical Classification: Warfare and Terrorism Agents (used in acts of war or terror)
Summary: Phosphine is a colorless, flammable, and explosive gas at ambient temperature that has the odor of garlic or decaying fish. Small amounts occur naturally from the break down of organic matter. It is slightly soluble in water. Phosphine is used in semiconductor and plastics industries, in the production of a flame retardant, and as a pesticide in stored grain.
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