[Gk. phos, light; and phoros, bringing.] A yellowish element resembling fine wax, which must be preserved under water. It is easily set on fire, and gives out a faint light in the dark. It is used for the tips of matches. It is found in the seeds of plants and in the nerves, bones, and other parts of the animal body. Phosphate of lime is abundant in bones, and from these phosphorous is now obtained.