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A material factor; a basic component.

The term is used to mean one of several parts that unite to form a whole, as in elements of a criminal action or civil action. In the tort of Assault and Battery, an essential element of the offense would be unwanted physical contact. An element of the crime of rape is lack of consent on the part of the victim.

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n. 1) an essential requirement to a cause of action (the right to bring a lawsuit to enforce a particular right). Each cause of action (negligence, breach of contract, trespass, assault, etc.) is made up of a basic set of elements which must be alleged and proved. Each charge of a criminal offense requires allegation and proof of its elements. 2) essential requirement of a General Plan. (See: cause of action, crime, General Plan, zoning)

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The serum samples were analyzed for the determination of electrolytes and some trace elements such as calcium (Ca), sodium (Na) copper (Cu), lithium (Li), potassium (K) and iron (Fe) by using atomic absorption spectrophotometer (Nazifi et al., 2003) at Quality Operations Laboratory, UVAS, Lahore.
The calibration curves of six elements: As, Cd, Cr, Ni, Pb and Zn obtained by the instrument using the blank and four working standards 0, 10, 20, 40 and 100 g/L and for Al obtained by the instrument using the blank and three working standards 0, 100, 200 and 300 g/L for all elements, starting from a 1000 mg/L single standard solutions for ICP-MS (Aristar grade, BDH laboratory supplies, England for the trace elements. Correlation coefficient values for all elements were within the range from 0.998 to 0.999.
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Trace elements are the minerals which are required in minute quantities from millionth of a gram (microgram) to thousands of a gram (mg) per day.