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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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Unlike our prior study, there was a significant correlation between fibrosis and asbestos body counts by light microscopy (P > .05 versus P = .03).
High asbestos body counts were obtained in lung tissue samples from insureds whose last asbestos exposure dated back to up to 40 years ago (Figure 3a).
Asbestos body concentrations determined by light microscopic analysis greater than 10 000 per gram of dry lung tissue.