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fluor·ap·a·tite

(flōr-ap'ă-tīt),
A naturally occurring fluorophosphate of calcium.

fluor·ap·a·tite

(flōr-ap'ă-tīt)
A form of hydroxyapatite in which fluoride ions have replaced some of the hydroxyl ions; as a component of teeth, fluorapatite resists acids from plaque-forming bacteria and high carbohydrate intake.
See also: apatite, hydroxyapatite

fluor·ap·a·tite

(flōr-ap'ă-tīt)
Component of teeth, fluorapatite resists acids resulting from plaque-forming bacteria and high carbohydrate intake.

fluorapatite (flôrap´ətīt),

n a member of the family of minerals that make up the basic structure of bones and teeth; basically a hydroxapatite form in which fluoride ions replace hydroxyl ions.
fluorapatite crystal
(kris´təl),
n the crystalline structure that occurs after hydroxyapatite changes into fluorapatite as a result of the tooth being exposed to fluoride.

fluorapatite

a fluorine-bearing mineral in rock phosphate. Contributes to local fluorine poisoning and also to distant sites if the rock phosphate is mined for livestock feeding as a dietary phosphorus supplement.