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A pnictogen is one of the chemical elements in group 15 of the periodic table, ometimes referred to as the nitrogen family.
Elements in the pnictogen group
Nitrogen, atomic number 7, is a colorless gas, practically non-reactive at room temperature.
Phosphorus, atomic number 15, is a solid element, which comes in several distinct allotrope forms.
Arsenic, atomic number 33, is a toxic metalloid, with a variety of uses in chemistry.
Bismuth, atomic number 83, is the most diamagnetic metal and although considered stable, it is slightly radioactive, with a half life estimated to be (1.9 +/- 0.2 ) x 1019 years.
Moscovium, atomic number 115, is a radioactive element first synthesized in 2003, with the most stable isotope, moscovium-290, having a half-life of 0.8 s.
Pnictogens display the oxidations states of 3 and 5.
Nitrogen is a gas, phosphorus is a solid non-metal, arsenic and antimony are metalloids, while bismuth is a dense metal.
Arsenic is very toxic, while antimony displays moderate toxicity.