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ROOT. That part of a tree or plant under ground from which it draws most of its nourishment from the earth.
     2. When the roots of a tree planted in one man's land extend into that of another, this circumstance does not give the latter any right to the tree, though such is the doctrine of the civil law; Dig. 41, 1, 7, 13; but such person has a right to cut off the roots up to his line. Rolle's R. 394, vide Tree.
     3. In a figurative sense, the term root is used to signify the person from whom one or more others are descended. Vide Descent; Per stirpes.

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Castor bean oil (roghan Karchak, in Persian) is used as laxative, purgative, and also for radiological study, joint pains, and nourishing the hair root.
Baldness may result when hair root cells cease their activities.
This cell membrane complex could also contain lower amounts of FAEE already incorporated in the hair root and should be the host for the deposition of FAEE from sebum into the completed hair.
The research indicates that pigment producing cells around the hair root disappear once the hair stops growing and enters the regression stage.
The hair removal systems kills the hair root, but without using a needle, which results in less pain.
This allowed the group to use the technique on a single hair root, according to Cellmark's David Green in Germantown, Md.
Hair Demand (TM) has been developed by the transdermal specialists at Cosmeceutical Research Center that enables the ingredient Capixyl (TM) to penetrate to the base of the follicle and stimulate the hair root for stronger, longer, thicker-looking hair.
This reaction creates heat energy, which is passed down the hair to the hair root, causing it to be damaged.
It's the removal of body hair, including the hair root, with an electrical device called an epilator which works like tweezers.
This is a gene that has been known for well over twenty years as being involved in hair production and it's a gene that sits in the sheath that's around hair root bulbs," ABC Online quoted Martin as saying.
The hair root suffers from a lack of energy due to the influence of testosterone after the menopause, which results in a thinning of the hair usually around the centre of the head," explains Dr Klenk.
The hair root is the fastest growing organ in the body.