Biomaterials pp 185-222 | Cite as

Structure-Property Relationships of Biological Materials

  • Joon B. Park
  • Roderic S. Lakes


The major difference between biological materials and biomaterials (implants) is viability. There are other equally important differences that distinguish living materials from artificial replacements. First, most biological materials are continuously bathed with body fluids. Exceptions are the specialized surface layers of skin, hair, nails, hooves, and the enamel of teeth. Second, most biological materials can be considered as composites.


Hyaluronic Acid Biological Material Chondroitin Sulfate Collagen Fibril Elastic Tissue 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Joon B. Park
    • 1
  • Roderic S. Lakes
    • 1
  1. 1.The University of IowaIowa CityUSA

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