calcium phosphate

noun

Definition of calcium phosphate

: any of various phosphates of calcium: such as
a : the phosphate CaH4P2O8 used as a fertilizer and in baking powder
b : the phosphate CaHPO4 used in pharmaceutical preparations and animal feeds
c : the phosphate Ca3P2O8 used as a fertilizer
d : the naturally occurring phosphate Ca5(F,Cl,OH,¹/₂CO3)(PO4)3 that contains other elements or radicals and is the chief constituent of phosphate rock, bones, and teeth

Examples of calcium phosphate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It is composed of millions of closely packed rods of calcium phosphate, which are only visible through an electron microscope. Joanna Thompson, Scientific American, 4 Feb. 2022 The artificial enamel mimics this configuration, bundling calcium phosphate rods together with flexible polymer chains. Joanna Thompson, Scientific American, 4 Feb. 2022 Don’t fret if the wind shifts and dusts your skin in the powdery calcium phosphate of bones. Malia Wollan, New York Times, 22 Oct. 2020 In addition to its antibacterial properties, the calcium phosphate also helps prosthetics adhere to bones and decreases the chance of implant rejection. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, 21 Feb. 2020 Why must the miniature scrubbie for your nubs of calcium phosphate include machine learning? Wired Staff, Wired, 4 Jan. 2020 But these fish bits are made of more resilient calcium phosphate. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, 26 May 2018 According to a paper published in the journal PLOS ONE that documented the find, analysis showed that the stones consist, in part, of the mineral whitlockite—an unusual form of calcium phosphate commonly found in prostatic stones. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, 3 Feb. 2017 When conditions are right, the soft tissues of a dead animal can quickly be replaced with the mineral calcium phosphate. Colin Dickey, New Republic, 21 Sep. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of calcium phosphate

1863, in the meaning defined above

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calcium phosphate

noun

Medical Definition of calcium phosphate

: any of various phosphates of calcium: as
a : the phosphate CaHPO4 used in pharmaceutical preparations and animal feeds
b : a naturally occurring phosphate of calcium Ca5(F,Cl,OH,¹/₂CO3)(PO4)3 that contains other elements or radicals and is the chief constituent of bones and teeth

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