Apatite pp 68-80 | Cite as

Biologic Apatites

  • Duncan McConnell
Part of the Applied Mineralogy / Technische Mineralogie book series (MINERALOGY, volume 5)


Phosphates are essential to the existence of both plant and animal life. All vertebrates, and some invertebrates, are endowed with physiological mechanisms for accumulating both calcium and phosphorus to form skeletal tissues and teeth. Such metabolic processes are of major importance in connection with the egg-laying characteristics of birds, for example, but are related to vital activity of all vertebrates.


Carbonic Anhydrase Dental Caries Tricalcium Phosphate Dental Enamel Carbonate Apatite 
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© Springer-Verlag/Wien 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • Duncan McConnell
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  1. 1.Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA

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