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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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Arising usually in a vesicle derived from the Golgi body (Popham 1979), its function is to dissolve the various egg layers so that fusion of spermatozoon and ovum can occur (Colwin & Colwin 1967, Franklin 1970, Longo 1973).
He demonstrated the first enzyme of the Golgi body (nucleoside diphosphatase).
In early spermiogenesis, the Golgi body secretes numerous vesicles of varying density, some of which fuse to form a proacrosomal vesicle [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 1 OMITTED], which becomes ovoid and attaches to the plasma membrane by some granular material [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 2 OMITTED].

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