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Phosphorus is the chemical element in the periodic table that has the symbol P and atomic number 15.

Phosphorus is commonly found in inorganic phosphate rocks and in all living cells.

The most important commercial use of phosphorus is in the production of fertilizers.

It is also widely used in explosives, nerve agents, friction matches, fireworks, pesticides, toothpaste, and detergents.

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