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Biomaterials by Brian J. Love

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Chapter 3

Bones and Mineralized Tissues

Abstract

This chapter provides correlations between the composition and properties of hard tissues. The primary distinction between hard tissues is related to mineral density, which is a function of the organizational quality of the connective tissue and sufficient components of calcium precipitates to trigger mineral precipitation is presented, and aspects to characterize the mineral content are complicated by the small size of distributed nanocrystalline deposits. With more mineralizaton, bone as a composite material is effectively more dense, stiffer, and stronger. And given where bone mineralization occurs, there are finite locations where mineralization can occur, such that viable bone has a theoretical ...

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