1669 Phosphorus

The book of science

Tom Sharp

HamburgHennig Brand elements


Atomic number 15

Stuff that glows

Lack of phosphorus in the diet can result in hypophosphatemia, with neurological symptoms and so forth, but too much phosphorus isn’t good either. Vertebrates with teeth should appreciate that phosphorus is essential for growing bones and teeth enamel. Maybe that’s why my sweetheart’s teeth are so bright!

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