apatite

noun
ap·​a·​tite | \ˈa-pə-ˌtīt \

Definition of apatite 

: any of a group of calcium phosphate minerals occurring in various colors as hexagonal crystals, as granular masses, or in fine-grained masses as the chief constituent of phosphate rock and of bones and teeth especially : calcium phosphate fluoride

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When uranium decays to lead, a natural process that happens at a steady rate, the split leaves a tiny track in the apatite that is visible under a microscope. Lisa Grossman, WIRED, "Glaciers Help Mountains Grow," 15 Sep. 2010

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First Known Use of apatite

1794, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for apatite

German Apatit, from Greek apatē deceit

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apatite

noun
ap·​a·​tite | \ˈap-ə-ˌtīt \

Medical Definition of apatite 

: any of a group of calcium phosphate minerals occurring variously as hexagonal crystals, as granular masses, or in fine-grained masses as the chief constituent of bones and teeth and of phosphate rock especially : calcium phosphate fluoride Ca5F(PO4)3

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