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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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All meiotic chromosomes and both centrosomes at spindle pole in the zygotes discarded as two polar bodies in clam Corbicula leana: unusual polar body formation observed by antitubulin immunofluorescence.
Nonequivalence of maternal centrosomes/centrioles in starfish oocytes: selective casting-off of reproductive centrioles into polar bodies. Dev.
At 10 min, polar bodies were found in 64% of the eggs in 35 g [L.sup.-1].
An increase in temperature accelerates the release of the polar bodies in diploid and triploid oysters (Eudeline et al.
In No Treatment and DMSO controls, polar bodies formed normally, with PB1 outside the hatching envelope and PB2 inside of it (Fig.
vannamei, the polar bodies form at 8 and 15 min PS.
Stained eggs (n = 100) were scored to determine sperm entry, number of bound sperm, meiotic stage of female DNA, and presence of polar bodies. To determine whether the effects of the inhibitors are reversible, eggs were incubated in the inhibitors for 10 min, washed twice with PW, and inseminated.
Over this same period of time, the polar bodies that are present swell to more than 4 times their normal diameter of 10 [micro]m and then slowly return to normal size.