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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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Caption: Figure 1: MRI of patients right elbow showing a small osteochondral capitellar lesion, intramedullary oedema, and an intra-articular loose body.
Shirakusa, "Endoscopic extraction of a peritoneal loose body: a case report of an infant," Pediatric Surgery International, vol.
"A case of giant peritoneal loose body: usefulness of wide window width CT," Nippon Acta Radiologica, vol.
Because of the presence of mechanical symptoms, limited range of motion, and loose body formation, surgery was indicated.
Roentgenograms revealed a loose body with a crater-like defect in the distal capitellum.
If the articular surface is fractured, the necrotic osteochondral segment may become detached and form a loose body. This is the likely cause of OCD in the our patient.
Crepitus with active and passive range of motion is usually present in patients with radiographic evidence of a loose body. In many asymptomatic pitchers a 5[degrees] to 15[degrees] flexion contracture is common.
(39) Following arthroscopic loose body removal, a bone tunnel was created from below the greater tuberosity to the necrotic region.
Loose body removal has become the most common indication for elbow arthroscopy.
Elbow arthroscopy is used to treat patients with early to moderate osteoarthritis by osteophyte and loose body excision.
It was felt in this case that the sublabral foramen may have contributed to the patient's pathology and was closed to prevent potentially future loose body production or accumulation.
Table 1 Questionnaire Completed by Patients and Surgeons Your Operation During your operation, surgery was performed upon (please check) The meniscal cartilages The anterior cruciate ligament The articular cartilage (bearing surface of the knee) Patella surface Synovial plica Loose body in the knee Other What was done?