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Biomaterials are commonly employed in medicine, odontology and biotechnology. The degradation of a material will depend on the chemical structure of the material employed such as polymer, metal and/or ceramic. In this chapter the degradation mechanisms of biomaterials are dealt with, using in vitro methods to assess the characterization of their resorption. This chapter addresses specifically biodegradation, bioresorption, bioerosion and bioabsorption. © 2008 Woodhead Publishing Limited All rights reserved.

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Degradation Rate of Bioresorbable Materials: Prediction and Evaluation

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145 - 160