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phosphorus oxychloride[′fäs·fə·rəs ¦äk·sē′klȯr‚īd]
POCl3 Toxic, colorless, fuming liquid with pungent aroma; boils at 107°C; decomposes in water or alcohol; causes skin burns; used as a catalyst, chlorinating agent, and in manufacture of various anhydrides. Also known as phosphoryl chloride.
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