hydroxyapatite

noun hy·droxy·ap·a·tite \ hī-ˌdräk-sē-ˈa-pə-ˌtīt \
variants: or hydroxylapatite play \hī-ˌdräk-sə-ˈla-pə-ˌtīt\
Updated on: 18 Apr 2018

Definition of hydroxyapatite

: a complex phosphate of calcium Ca5(PO4)3OH that occurs as a mineral and is the chief structural element of vertebrate bone

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First Known Use of hydroxyapatite

1912


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hydroxyapatite

noun hy·droxy·ap·a·tite \ hī-ˌdräk-sē-ˈap-ə-ˌtīt \
variants: or hydroxylapatite play \-sə-ˈlap-ə-ˌtīt\

medical Definition of hydroxyapatite

: a complex phosphate of calcium Ca5(PO4)3OH that occurs as a mineral and is the chief structural element of vertebrate bone

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