Inorganic Constituents of Bone

- Discussion:
    - inorganic phase of bone accounts for about 65% of its dry wt;
    - bulk of the mineral in bone is composed of calcium & phosphate, which in adult is primarily crystalline in structure and resembles synthetic 
         hydroxyapatite crystals;
    - minor mineral constituents of bone are magnesium, sodium, potassium, and a number of trace elements (zinc, manganese, fluoride, and
         molybdenum) considered to be adsorbed on the bone surface;
    - it is not known whether these trace elements have a role in skeletal metabolism or merely represent adsorption resulting from their
         presence in foodstuffs

Original Text by Clifford R. Wheeless, III, MD.

Last updated by Data Trace Staff on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 1:20 pm