Unformatted text preview: The Matrix - Dense matrix, containing deposits of
calcium salts and bone cells within lacunae
organized around blood vessels - 2/3 of bone weight is calcium phosphate,
Ca3(PO4)2 matrix — reacts with calcium hydroxide, Ca(OH)2
—forms crystals of hydroxyapatite, Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2
—which incorporates other calcium salts and ions - Matrix is very hard but brittle and inflexible
- Good for compression not bending ...
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