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The principal part of anything as distinguished from its subordinate parts, as in the main part of an instrument. An individual, an organization, or an entity given legal recognition, such as a corporation or "body corporate." A compilation of laws known as a "body of laws."

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

BODY. A person.
     2. In practice, when the sheriff returns cepi corpus to a capias, the plaintiff may obtain a rule, before special bail has been entered, to bring in the body and this must be done either by committing the defendant or entering special bail. See Dead Body.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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However, there are some people who have a psychological condition known as body dysmorphic disorder, also known as dysmorphophobia.
"Had he been suffering from a medical condition which affected his breathing, or if he suffered from dysmorphophobia - which is a hatred of one's self image - he could have had the problem addressed on the NHS."
Lolo had been obsessed with her body since she was a child and psychologists believe she suffered from the rare condition, dysmorphophobia.