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A material factor; a basic component.

The term is used to mean one of several parts that unite to form a whole, as in elements of a criminal action or civil action. In the tort of Assault and Battery, an essential element of the offense would be unwanted physical contact. An element of the crime of rape is lack of consent on the part of the victim.

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n. 1) an essential requirement to a cause of action (the right to bring a lawsuit to enforce a particular right). Each cause of action (negligence, breach of contract, trespass, assault, etc.) is made up of a basic set of elements which must be alleged and proved. Each charge of a criminal offense requires allegation and proof of its elements. 2) essential requirement of a General Plan. (See: cause of action, crime, General Plan, zoning)

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The high obtained loading of trace elements (Fe, Mn, Zn and Cu) and their significant positive correlations with clay, organic matter and CEC suggests that these soil parameters might play a major role in soil trace element distribution and availability.
The inorganic component comprises well-defined and tightly-packed nano apatite crystals of calcium and phosphate with small amounts of trace elements. The variation in the arrangement and the size of the apatite crystals of enamel does affect its hardness and optical properties.
On the other hand, trace elements can be also considered nutritional elements, micronutrients.
The model for assessing the retention level is based on a fuzzy inference system [25], since the models of this kind take into account the blurred boundaries of the notions of "low" (coded with 0) and "high" (coded with 1) for the trace element levels in water, blood, and urine, and also reflects the nonlinear nature of the dependence of the factors that determine the retention.
Background: It is speculated that trace elements might have specific roles in the pathogenesis and progression towards type-2 diabetes mellitus.
Keywords: Groundwater, Agriculture soil, Physical parameters, Chemical contaminants, Trace elements
Trace element composition of blood in adult population in Bangladesh.
Survey of 13 trace elements of toxic and nutritional significance in rice from Brazil and exposure assessment.
Serum was separated by centrifugation at 3000 g for10 minutes.Serum was shifted into 1ml nitric acid treated aliquot (for trace elements determination) and the other separated serum was collected in a separate aliquot for ALT albumin and sugar levels.
The trace element concentrations of Se, Rb, Zn, Fe, Co, Cs, Mg, Ca, F, Cu, Cr, and Ag in serum and of Se, Rb, Zn, Fe, Co, and Cs in red cells of Finnish alopecia patients were determined in Mussalo-Rauhama study [3].
Interactions of different trace elements with iron determine the relationship between changes in trace element status in the organism and development of IDA.
Researchers determined some trace element concentration in water and sediment samples of Keban Dam Lake.