NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms
The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 7,886 terms related to cancer and medicine.
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- A metallic element that is important in body functions such as regulation of blood pressure and of water content in cells, transmission of nerve impulses, digestion, muscle contraction, and heartbeat.