from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A chemical element required in minute quantities by an organism to maintain proper physical functioning.
  • n. A minute quantity or amount: "The trace elements of belief vanish when it becomes apparent that the . . . officer . . . never has suffered the indignity of combat” ( Lewis H. Lapham).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A chemical element present in a sample in very small quantities.
  • n. A chemical element in an organism’s diet that is required in very small amounts in order to maintain proper biochemical function; a micronutrient.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an element that occurs at very small quantities in the body but is nonetheless important for many biological processes


Sorry, no etymologies found.


    Sorry, no example sentences found.


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.