Definitions for: P


[n] the 16th letter of the Roman alphabet
[n] a multivalent nonmetallic element of the nitrogen family that occurs commonly in inorganic phosphate rocks and as organic phosphates in all living cells; is highly reactive and occurs in several allotropic forms



Webster (1913) Definition: P (p[=e]),
the sixteenth letter of the English alphabet, is a nonvocal
consonant whose form and value come from the Latin, into
which language the letter was brought, through the ancient
Greek, from the Ph[oe]nician, its probable origin being
Egyptian. Etymologically P is most closely related to b, f,
and v; as hobble, hopple; father, paternal; recipient,
receive. See B, F, and M. See Guide to Pronunciation,
[sect][sect] 247, 248, and 184-195.

Synonyms: atomic number 15, phosphorus

See Also: alphabetic character, apatite, chemical element, element, letter, letter of the alphabet, Roman alphabet

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