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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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Analysis by ATEM identified the core material of ferruginous bodies to include nonasbestos (organic material, crystalline silica, MgAlSi) and "noncommercial" asbestos (anthophyllite, tremolite) fibers.
The significant presence of ferruginous bodies formed on anthophyllite in women has been linked to products such as cosmetic talc, or anthophyllite-contaminated clay where this asbestos was considered a component of the primary mineral used in the product (6,7,12-15)
Analysis of ferruginous bodies in bronchoalveolar lavage from foundry workers.