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A generic term, of comprehensive signification, referring to any proceeding by one person or persons against another or others in a court of law in which the plaintiff pursues the remedy that the law affords for the redress of an injury or the enforcement of a right, whether at law or in Equity.

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n. generic term for any filing of a complaint (or petition) asking for legal redress by judicial action, often called a "lawsuit." In common parlance a suit asking for a court order for action rather than a money judgment is often called a "petition," but technically it is a "suit in equity." (See: lawsuit)

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a civil proceeding.
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SUIT. An action. The word suit in the 25th section of the judiciary act of 1789, applies to any proceeding in a court of justice, in which the plaintiff pursues, in such court, the remedy which the law affords him. An application for a prohibition is therefore a suit. 2 Pet. 449. According to the code of practice of Louisiana, art. 96, a suit is a real, personal or mixed demand, made before a competent judge, by which the parties pray to obtain their rights, and a decision of their disputes. In that acceptation, the words suit, process and cause, are in that state almost synonymous. Vide Secta, and Steph. Pl. 427; 3 Bl. Com. 395; Gilb. C. P. 48; 1 Chit. Pl. 399; Wood's Civ. Law, b. 4, c. p. 315; 4 Mass. 263; 18 John. 14; 4 Watts, R. 154; 3 Story, Const. Sec. 1719. In its most extended sense, the word suit, includes not only a civil action, but also a criminal prosecution, as indictment, information, and a conviction by a magistrate. Ham. N. P. 270.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The collapsed, broken mast can be seen in the behind the sign
Even though, chemotherapy in mast cell tumor had not been well defined, it could be used as an adjunct therapy in high grade tumors and alternativeto radiational therapy for incompletely excised tumors.
Mast cell differentiation, growth, and survival are strongly regulated by local tissue environmental factors.
The researchers analyzed mast cells and their progenitors in blood from patients with chronic myeloid leukemia, a disease of the blood.
Mast's current capitalisation is based on an expected reverse stock split of one share of Mast common stock for every 70 shares of Mast common stock.
The mean mast cell counts in acute appendicitis, chronic appendicitis, and normal appendix were found to be 30.23 [+ or -] 9.48, 45.28 [+ or -] 12.03, and 26.60 [+ or -] 8.82, respectively [Table 1].
The LPPM is a modular non hull-penetrating design in a telescopic universal modular mast bay that provides submarines with improvements in stealth and survivability.
There are two general categories of mast. What's known as "soft" mast are things like fruits and berries with soft exteriors.
In another study, (8) flow cytometry immunophenotyping was reported as a sensitive and specific test for the detection of SM, particularly when a discrete CD117+ mast cell population was regarded as a diagnostic criterion.
Mast cell granules are purplish red and the nuclei of mast cells appear sky blue in color.
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