hydroxyapatite

noun
hy·droxy·ap·a·tite | \hī-ˌdräk-sē-ˈa-pə-ˌtīt \
variants: or hydroxylapatite \hī-ˌdräk-sə-ˈla-pə-ˌtīt \

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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Boka thinks that fluoride is not good enough, however, and has thus created a paste with nano-hydroxyapatite (N-Ha) in its place. Adam Hurly, GQ, "The Best Toothpaste for Removing Stains, Fixing Your Breath, and Not Getting Gingivitis," 27 Apr. 2018 Researchers at Shanghai’s Institute of Ceramics are developing a new kind of wallpaper made from graphene oxide and hydroxyapatite nanowires that can detect fire and act as a retardant. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Scientists are developing wallpaper that can tell when your house is on fire," 11 Apr. 2018

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1912, in the meaning defined above

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hydroxyapatite

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