|Origin of Name
||From Greek words phos, meaning light and phoros meaning bearer
|Date and Place of Discovery
||In 1669 in Germany
- It is not found free in nature but is found in many different minerals.
- It was first made commercially for the match industry in the 19th century.
- It is an essential nutrient for all plant and animal life.
- It is used in inorganic fertilizer.
- Corrosion inhibitors
- Scale inhibitors in water heaters and boilers