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Sonic velocity and the ultrastructure of mineralised tissues

  • Sidney Lees
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Part of the Topics in Molecular and Structural Biology book series (TMSB)

Abstract

Bone and other normally mineralised tissues may be regarded as mineral-filled soft tissue (Currey, 1964, 1969a, b; Katz, 1971), resembling mineral-filled plastics. Chemical demineralisation leaves a rubbery material with the same shape and volume as the original mineralised tissue. Most remarkably, the mineralised substance can sustain a compressive load while the demineralised matrix cannot. The skeleton is characterised by its capability to support compressive loads, whereas similar connective tissues like tendons and ligaments are strong only in tension.

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