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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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This result suggests that the decrease rate of the intensity value by the black body cavity is constant even when the illuminance incident on the cracked area changes and shows that the approximation of the intensity reduction function obtained inductively is done well.
The whole airport security mania is largely symbolic, and body cavity searches would upset far more people than they would reassure - so in this case, common sense trumps "security".
(11) The Talmud defines pregnancy in three trimesters in which the uterus ascends in the body cavity and then descends to prepare forgiving birth.
Coarsely chop the claw and leg meat and return it to the shell of the body cavity. Liberally spoon some of the rouille sauce on top of the lobster halves.
After a prolonged body cavity search by her father's Secret Service detail, Tina greets Vice Dad, who, wink wink, says he didn't mean her, adding that he's got people who will do nuptials in his private bunker/wedding chapel.
I will have done all this and much more in order to deliver to you, dear reader, the essence, the core, the man behind the man behind the curtain, the shriveled little homunculus piloting with mischievous glee screenwriter Charlie Kaufman's fat, balding, shamefully inadequate body--that bad marionette, that leaking bag of bones and flesh who once wrote something hailed as "startlingly original" (1999's Being John Malkovich) but whose cremaster has apparently reeled his creative balls so far into his body cavity that he is, pre sently, choking on them.
This sound occurs as air escapes through openings in the body cavity, much like boiling kettle whistles.
At the other end of the continuum is the more intrusive body cavity search.
With Applied Medical's HAL, a special port is affixed to the patient so that surgeons can insert their hand into the operative field through a small incision which allows them to identify and move structures, explore the body cavity, facilitate dissections, guide laparoscopic instruments, and suture and remove specimens.
When this occurs in an air-filled body cavity, barotrauma results.