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fluorapatite

[ floor-ap-uh-tahyt, flawr-, flohr- ]
/ flʊərˈæp əˌtaɪt, flɔr-, floʊr- /
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noun

a crystalline mineral, Ca5(PO4)3F, formed from hydroxyapatite in the presence of fluoride, that has a hardening effect on bones and teeth.

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Origin of fluorapatite

First recorded in 1880–85; from German Fluorapatit; see fluor-, apatite
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British Dictionary definitions for fluorapatite

fluorapatite
/ (ˌflʊəˈræpətaɪt) /

noun

a mineral consisting of calcium fluorophosphate; the most common form of apatite
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