trace element

noun

Definition of trace element 

: a chemical element present in minute quantities especially : a micronutrient (such as iodine, iron, and zinc) with an optimum daily intake of typically less than 100 milligrams a day

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As the fish moves from river to river, trace elements in the water change. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "Symphony of the salmon: How scientists are learning by putting fish migration to music," 9 July 2018 One of the richest stores of data inside a core, coral detectives are finding, is its year-by-year record of trace elements in ocean water. Elizabeth Svoboda, Scientific American, "Cores from Coral Reefs Hold Secrets of the Seas’ Past and Future," 6 June 2018 Other trace elements include iron, manganese, zinc, boron, molybdenum and chlorine. Amy Hall, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Growing season ahead depends on proper feeding," 7 Mar. 2018 Apply a palm fertilizer with trace elements every two months March through September. Kathy Huber, Houston Chronicle, "After the freeze comes the cleanup in the garden," 19 Jan. 2018 Michael Shannon astutely judges every microsecond of menace as the heavy, adding trace elements of twisted levity, some scripted, some not. Michael Phillips, idahostatesman, "Del Toro’s fish tale is magical, romantic and dark," 25 Dec. 2017 Michael Shannon astutely judges every microsecond of menace as the heavy, adding trace elements of twisted levity, some scripted, some not. Michael Phillips, idahostatesman, "Del Toro’s fish tale is magical, romantic and dark," 25 Dec. 2017 Michael Shannon astutely judges every microsecond of menace as the heavy, adding trace elements of twisted levity, some scripted, some not. Michael Phillips, idahostatesman, "Del Toro’s fish tale is magical, romantic and dark," 25 Dec. 2017 Michael Shannon astutely judges every microsecond of menace as the heavy, adding trace elements of twisted levity, some scripted, some not. Michael Phillips, Detroit Free Press, "Review: ‘The Shape of Water’ is sexy, dark and magical," 21 Dec. 2017

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1932, in the meaning defined above

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trace element

noun

English Language Learners Definition of trace element

: 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

trace element

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Medical Definition of trace element 

: a chemical element present in minute quantities especially : a micronutrient (as iodine, iron, and zinc) with an optimum daily intake of typically less than 100 milligrams

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