hydroxyapatite

[ hahy-drok-see-ap-uh-tahyt ]
/ haɪˌdrɒk siˈæp əˌtaɪt /

noun

a mineral, Ca10(PO4)6OH2, that is the principal storage form of calcium and phosphorus in bone.

Nearby words

  1. hydroxonium ion,
  2. hydroxy,
  3. hydroxy acid,
  4. hydroxy-,
  5. hydroxyacetic acid,
  6. hydroxybenzene,
  7. hydroxybutyric acid,
  8. hydroxychloroquine,
  9. hydroxyketone,
  10. hydroxykynureninuria

Origin of hydroxyapatite

First recorded in 1910–15; hydroxy- + apatite

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Medicine definitions for hydroxyapatite

hydroxyapatite

[ hī-drŏk′sē-ăpə-tīt′ ]

n.

The principal bone salt that provides the compressional strength of vertebrate bone.

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