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Essence; the material or necessary component of something.

A matter of substance, as distinguished from a matter of form, with respect to pleadings, affidavits, indictments, and other legal instruments, entails the essential sufficiency, validity, or merits of the instrument, as opposed to its method or style.


(Essential nature), noun actuality, basis, body, content, core, drift, essence, essential part, force, gist, heart, hypostasis, idea, import, marrow, material, meaning, pith, principle, purport, reality, res, sense, significance, signification, soul, sum, tenor, vital part


(Material possessions), noun assets, command of money, corpus, estate, fortune, income, means, money, ownership, property, resources, revenue, riches, treasure, wealth, wherewithal
See also: amount, article, body, bulk, capsule, center, composition, connotation, consequence, construction, content, contents, contour, cornerstone, corpus, element, essence, gist, gravamen, import, importance, main point, materiality, meaning, money, object, point, possessions, property, purpose, quantity, reality, shape, significance, signification, spirit, structure, sum, value

SUBSTANCE, evidence. That which is essential; it is used in opposition to form.
     2. It is a general rule, that on any issue it is sufficient to prove the substance of the issue. For example, in a case where the defendant pleaded payment of the principal sum and all interest due, and it appeared in evidence that a gross sum was paid, not amounting to the full interest, but accepted by the plaintiff as full payment, the proof was held to be sufficient. 2 Str. 690; 1 Phil. Ev. 161.

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Every lamella is composed of the aqueous ground substance and collagen fibrils as inclusions.
The extracellular matrix of the endothelial cells of the intima is highly viscous and gel-like when healthy, as is the ground substance found throughout the rest of the arterial wall and in many other connective tissues.
The high degree of histologic variation notwithstanding, all nodular fasciitis lesions do share some common features: (1) an overall proliferation of plump, spindle-shaped fibroblasts, (2) a serous (myxoid) ground substance, (3) a vascular component, (4) a minimal number of mononuclear cells, (5) occasional multinucleated giant cells, and (6) involvement of either superficial or deep fascia.
Collagen bundles lack their normal ordered, parallel arrangement, and there is an increased amount of an amorphous, ground substance.
The opening chapters focus on cells and other anatomical components of the periodontal ligament, such as periodontal ligament fibers, ground substance, and nerves that innervate the periodontal ligament.
Ground Substance presents work from LabStudio, a hybrid architectural biological design unit founded by Jenny Sabin and Peter Lloyd Jones at the University of Pennsylvania.

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