biomineralization

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Etymology[edit]

From bio- +‎ mineralization

Noun[edit]

biomineralization (uncountable)

  1. (biochemistry) The formation of hard mineral deposits within a living organism; especially the process whereby bone and similar structural material is formed.
    • 2002, Philip Ball, The Elements: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford 2004, p. 51:
      This process of ‘biomineralization’ is used today to reclaim gold from the Youanmi deposits of Western Australia.

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