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min·i·mum

(min'i-mŭm),
The smallest amount or lowest limit.
[L. smallest, least]

minimum

(min'i-mum) plural.minima
Least quantity or lowest limit.
See: threshold

minimum

see also minimal.

minimum alveolar anesthetic concentration
the concentration of an anesthetic in the alveoli that prevents a muscular response to a painful stimulus in 50% of the subjects; abbreviated MAC.
minimum daily requirement (MDR)
the minimum amount of a nutrient that is required daily for the maintenance of good health.
minimum data set
an accepted list of terms and definitions necessary for veterinary records aimed at creating useful animal disease records. Called also uniform basic data set.
minimum effective concentration (MEC)
the minimal blood level at which a systemic drug exerts the desired effect.
minimum effective strain
level of strain below which bone shows no adaptive reaction.

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Q. What is the minimum pregnancy months required for birth? I have heard that people have been giving births at 7th and 6th months of pregnancy, what are the side effects?

A. 24 week. Before that the fetus has no surfactant in his lungs and they’ll collapse right away. He wouldn’t be able to breath and there is no way to keep him alive. after the 24 weeks they can give him steroids that stimulates the excretion of the surfactant to the lungs.

Q. I want to lose minimum 10 kilograms in 2 month. What type of diet, exercise should I choose to achieve it? I have my farewell party after two months and I want to lose minimum 10 kilograms within this period. I don’t want to diet unnecessarily and lose on my health without any knowledge in dieting. I have to make it fast this time as I have already missed two months. What type of diet and exercise should I choose to achieve my desired result?

A. I cannot say much about exercises but you can start with cabbage soup diet before choosing any exercise and diet plan. This is a good and a quick way to lose weight. After a week of cabbage diet you must stop it and follow a balanced diet for a week with cabbage soup diet. You can start your exercise during the mid of this week. By another week you can stop the cabbage diet and carry on with the balanced diet and exercise. I have tried this way and it did help me in losing weight.
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He tried to give a memorable lesson with the minimum waste of life and the minimum expenditure of explosives.
With a minimum of effort and insignificant losses, despite the greatest confusion, the most important results of the whole campaign were attained: the transition from retreat to advance, an exposure of the weakness of the French, and the administration of that shock which Napoleon's army had only awaited to begin its flight.
As Tarzan stood for a moment looking down upon his kill and regretting that he could not risk voicing his beloved victory cry, the sight of the uniform suggested a means whereby he might pass to and fro through Wilhelmstal with the minimum chance of detection.
He seemed to flatten out and shoot through the air with the very minimum of exertion, and at his forefoot ran Nobs, doing his best to turn him.
He spent his evenings poring over accounts, or making endless calculations based on cheaper freights for copra and on the possible maximum and minimum market prices for that staple of commerce.
Also, he learned from the item that first- class papers paid a minimum of ten dollars a column.
They encountered the usual number of savage beasts and reptiles; but they met them with a courageous recklessness born of desperation, and by virtue of the very madness of the chances they took, they came through unscathed and with the minimum of delay.
The thermometers and barometers had resisted, all but one minimum thermometer, the glass of which was broken.
The elephant is reckoned to be the slowest breeder of all known animals, and I have taken some pains to estimate its probable minimum rate of natural increase: it will be under the mark to assume that it breeds when thirty years old, and goes on breeding till ninety years old, bringing forth three pair of young in this interval; if this be so, at the end of the fifth century there would be alive fifteen million elephants, descended from the first pair.
Crime is naturally at a minimum, but those who persist in it are made slaves (not executed, for why should the State be deprived of their services?
Since then we alternately enjoy the possession of each of these articles, and the present question is comfortably settled once and for all, at a minimum of trouble and expense.
The compensation--I do not see who is to pay it if I don't, and I have already decided on the minimum sum.