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A hard, variously colored apatite mineral, calcium fluoride phosphate, Ca5F(PO4)3, that is the most common phosphate mineral and is used in the manufacture of fertilizers. Fluorapatite is formed in tooth enamel exposed to fluoride and helps prevent decay by its resistance to acidity. Also called apatite.
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(Geological Science) a mineral consisting of calcium fluorophosphate; the most common form of apatite
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|Noun||1.||fluorapatite - a form of apatite in which fluorine predominates over chlorine|
atomic number 9, fluorine, F - a nonmetallic univalent element belonging to the halogens; usually a yellow irritating toxic flammable gas; a powerful oxidizing agent; recovered from fluorite or cryolite or fluorapatite
apatite - a common complex mineral consisting of calcium fluoride phosphate or calcium chloride phosphate; a source of phosphorus
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