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The smallest amount or lowest limit.
[L. smallest, least]


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


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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Lot7: total minimum quantity = 71110 pcs / year - total maximum amount = 153 634 pcs / year with a minimum weight of 100 grams / pc;
Last June, he voted against a measure to raise the federal minimum wage.
Never mind the evidence that shows, for instance, that a 10 percent increase in the mandatory minimum wage increases unemployment among young people by 1 to 2 percent.
We've learned that in the end, a higher minimum wage leads to fewer job opportunities, and that's not good for anyone.
More to the point, the FTC found that although the terms of the PPA require NTSP to deliver contracts to its physicians, NTSP rejected and did not deliver any contracts that fell below its minimum reimbursement schedule.
While the minimum payment increase will get consumers out of debt faster, many fear it will also push debt-strapped individuals closer to bankruptcy.
In fact, then, increasing the minimum wage amounts to a policy that artificially raises prices in an income-regressive manner, using the proceeds to pay higher earnings to workers in one in four families selected irrespective of their income.
Since an adequate minimum wage is both a matter of immediate justice and a catalyst for other humane changes, it deserves its growing role in our politics.
The last increase of the minimum wage occurred in October 1990, when the province raised it from $5 to the current level of $5.
The following types of plans are likely to produce an additional minimum liability on the balance sheet:

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