trace element


trace element

noun

: a chemical element that is present only in very small amounts

: a chemical or element that a living thing needs in very small amounts in order to live

Full Definition of TRACE ELEMENT

:  a chemical element present in minute quantities; especially :  one used by organisms and held essential to their physiology

First Known Use of TRACE ELEMENT

1932

trace element

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of TRACE ELEMENT

: a chemical element present in minute quantities; especially : one used by organisms and held essential to their physiology—compare micronutrient 2

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