Your Inner Fish

Hydroxyapatite Term Analysis

A mineral made partially of calcium that gives teeth and bones their strength.
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Chapter 4: Teeth Everywhere
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...are one of the most common finds for paleontologists, because an easily-preserved hard mineral called hydroxyapatite makes up much of the outer layer of the tooth. Teeth are especially helpful for... (full context)
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...are compared to other organs. The mineral that makes the outermost layer of teeth extra-hard, hydroxyapatite, is also found in lower concentrations in bones and the inner layers of the teeth.... (full context)
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...teeth in order to break through the hard exoskeletons of potential prey. Once animals developed hydroxyapatite-rich teeth, the mechanism for creating hard structures out of hydroxyapatite then became a method of... (full context)
Chapter 7: Adventures in Bodybuilding
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...are tightly packed together while others are separated. Where cells are separated, minerals such as hydroxyapatite help give bones strength when they are compressed. In the gaps, a ropelike bundle of... (full context)