The Journal of Nihon University School of Dentistry
Online ISSN : 1884-2984
Print ISSN : 0029-0432
ISSN-L : 0029-0432
X-Ray Crystallography of Incisor Enamel from Red Kangaroo
寒河江 登志朗関川 三男
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1990 年 32 巻 2 号 p. 99-103


X-ray powder diffraction of red kangaroo (Macropus rufus) dental emanel, with a relative density greater than2.60, showed a longer a-axis length of the apatite unit cell, a = 9.462 Å, a shorter c-axis length, c= 6.877 Å, and a smaller crystallite size, ca. 185 Å, than those of human dental enamel. The a-axis of red kangaroo dental enamel was one of the longest among the values reported previously, whereas the c-axis was one of the shortest. The crystallite size was almost equal to that of dentin crystallites. It is suggested that the chemical composition of the dental enamel apatite of the red kangaroo is markedly substituted, resulting in lattice distortion

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