Origin of apatiteGerman apatit from Classical Greek apat?, deceit + -ite: so named from being mistaken for other minerals
- Any of a group of natural, variously colored calcium phosphate minerals containing fluorine, chlorine, or hydroxyl. These compounds form hexagonal crystals and are components of bones and teeth, are a source of phosphorus for plants, and are used in the manufacture of fertilizers.
- See fluorapatite.
Origin of apatiteFrom Greek apatē deceit (from its often being mistaken for other minerals)