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- n. A calcium halophosphate mineral, in which fluoride replaces the hydroxide of apatite, that is mined as a phosphate ore, and occurs in the enamel of teeth.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See chlorapatite.
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- n. a form of apatite in which fluorine predominates over chlorine
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In addition to forming fluorapatite crystals like other fluorides, stannous fluoride also has a toxic effect on acid-producing mouth bacteria, says biochemist Matthew J. Doyle, director of global research and development for P & G's oral-care division.
The claims are often based on the presence of fluoride, which scientists say combines with minerals in your mouth to create a crystal called fluorapatite on the surface of your teeth.
Concentrations of the REE's have been identified within phosphate minerals from the project such as carbonated monazite, dahllite, apatite and fluorapatite genetically associated with the alkalic sill complex.