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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: hi-drok'se-ap'a-tit

Definition: A natural mineral structure that the crystal lattice of bones and teeth (amorphous hydroxyapatite) closely resembles; used in chromatography of nucleic acids; also found in pathologic calcifications (atherosclerotic aortas).

Synonym(s): hydroxylapatite

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