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minor element

Trace element

In analytical chemistry, a trace element is an element in a sample that has an average concentration of less than 100 parts per million atoms, or less than 100 micrograms per gram.

In biochemistry, a trace element is a chemical element that is needed in minute quantities for the proper growth, development, and physiology of the organism. In biochemistry, a trace element is also referred to as a micronutrient.

In geochemistry, a trace element is a chemical element whose concentration is less than 1000 ppm or 0.1% of a rock's composition. The term is used mainly in igneous petrology.

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