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(Ca) metallic element that occurs in many rocks and in seawater and is an essential macronutrient. As Ca+ it is an important regulatory ion in living cells, involved e.g. in regulation of enzyme activity, stimulation of muscle contraction, and control of secretion. As calcium salts (e.g. calcium phosphates), it is a major constituent of bone..
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