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nick·el (Ni),

(nik'ĕl), Avoid the misspelling nickle.
A metallic bioelement, atomic no. 28, atomic wt. 58.6934, closely resembling cobalt and often associated with it. Protects ribosome structure against heat denaturation. A deficiency of nickel causes changes in the ultrastructure of the liver. It is a cofactor in various henzymes (for example, urease).
[abbrev. fr. Ger. kupfer-nickel, name of copper-colored ore from which nickel was first obtained; nickel, the Ger. word for a dwarfish imp]

nickel

A metallic element (atomic number 28; atomic weight 58.69) that has been linked to deficiency states in some plants and animals. In some biological systems, nickel protects against heat-induced ribosomal damage; its role in humans is uncertain, but in excess it is toxic.
 
Ref range
Serum, 1.5–4.0 ng/mL; urine, < 125 ng/mL.

nick·el

(nik'ĕl)
A metallic bioelement; atomic no. 28, atomic wt. 58.6934; closely resembles cobalt and often associated with it. Protects ribosome structure against heat denaturation. A deficiency of nickel causes changes in the ultrastructure of the liver.

nick·el

(Ni) (nik'ĕl)
A metallic bioelement; closely resembles cobalt and often associated with it. A deficiency of nickel causes changes in the ultrastructure of the liver.

Patient discussion about nickel

Q. Allergy to Nickel- can it happen? i though that only organic materials can cause allergy… but I started a new job that exposed me to Nickel and have, or so it seems, an allergic reaction to it…

A. Of course it can happen! Here you go:
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/nickel-allergy/DS00826

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