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com·mon law(kom'ŏn law)
A system of law based on custom, tradition, and court decisions rather than on written legislation.
A system of law that originated in medieval England and is based on former legal decisions (precedent) and custom, not on legislation. Common law constantly evolves from previous decisions and changing custom. It forms the basis of the legal system in the U.S. (except Louisiana), the U.K. and most other English-speaking countries and is therefore the most frequent source of legal precedent for malpractice cases.
See also: law
n a judge-made law, as contrasted with statutory law. This body of law originated in England and was in force at the time of the American Revolution; modified since that time on a case-by-case basis in the courts.
a shared structure, function, disease. See also under specific name of the item, e.g. atrioventricular canal.
common chemical sense
mediated by the trigeminal nerve from chemical sense organs in the conjunctival sac and in the nasal and buccal cavities.
the fee for professional services agreed to formally or informally by a local group of the veterinary profession, usually determined by an interpractice survey of fees actually charged.
the law of common usage, the practice or code which is usually followed. Based on decisions of the courts in individual cases. It is not written down as statutory law is.
see coagulation pathways.
see sodium chloride.
a point from which a number of animals are infected or affected. The point from which a common source or point epidemic begins.
see sedum acre.
a fish. See catostomus commersoni.