Definition of Apatite

1. Noun. A common complex mineral consisting of calcium fluoride phosphate or calcium chloride phosphate; a source of phosphorus.

Terms within: Atomic Number 15, P, Phosphorus, Atomic Number 65, Tb, Terbium, Atomic Number 69, Thulium, Tm
Generic synonyms: Mineral
Specialized synonyms: Fluorapatite



Definition of Apatite

1. n. Native phosphate of lime, occurring usually in six-sided prisms, color often pale green, transparent or translucent.

Definition of Apatite

1. Noun. (minerology) A calcium fluoride phosphate of variable composition, sometimes used in the manufacture of fertilizer. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Apatite

1. a mineral [n -S]

Medical Definition of Apatite

1. Native phosphate of lime, occurring usually in six-sided prisms, colour often pale green, transparent or translucent. Origin: Gr. Deceit, fr. To deceive; it having been often mistaken for other minerals. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Apatite

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1. Transactions of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and (1918)
"The apatite associated with the magnetite at Mine- ville, northern New York, ... Attempts have been made, according to report, to separate the apatite on a ..."

2. Report of the Annual Meeting (1885)
"The apatite Deposits of ihe Province of Quebec. By G. С. Вв<жх. ... apatite is worked for commercial purposes only in the county of Ottawa. ..."

3. A Dictionary of Applied Chemistry by Thomas Edward Thorpe (1921)
"As microscopic crystals, apatite is present as an accessory constituent of igneous rocks of all kinds. It also occurs in metamorphic rocks and in ..."

4. Report of the Royal Commission on the Mineral Resources of Ontario, and by Ontario (1890)
"The apatite of Canada varies considerably in its physical character. ... The granular variety, known as "sugar apatite," is of a white or pale green color ..."

5. Economic Geology: With Special Reference to the United States by Heinrich Ries (1910)
"This occurs both as crystalline phosphate of lime, or apatite, ... In the United States apatite has been produced for several years at Mineville, ..."

6. Elements of Chemical and Physical Geology by Gustav Bischof (1855)
"The occurrence of apatite in granite, and other crystalline rocks, usually regarded as of igneous origin, as well as in lava, ete,, which is undoubtedly an ..."

7. A Treatise on Metamorphism by Charles Richard Van Hise (1904)
"apatite. The only important rock-making mineral among the phosphates is apatite. ... apatite is one of the most widespread, if not the most widespread, ..."

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