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Ward

A subdivision used in local governments in a number of countries. Wards are sometimes the constituencies for local, elected officials. They are often equivalent to a neighborhood or a portion of county.

ward

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By providing the body with Vitamin C, protein and the mineral zinc, stressed out consumers can bolster the immune system, fight the negative effects of stress and help ward off illness and diseases(4).
Because many polyketides were naturally evolved by microorganisms to ward off predators, it makes good sense to use them for the same purpose in plants.
Hsiao Chang Chan of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and her colleagues wondered whether a particular beta-defensin does more than ward off germs.
Keeping homes sealed up and yards devoid of food and potential burrows can ward off infestation of house mice, roof rats and sewer rats.
Umetsu of Stanford University and his colleagues now propose that mild hepatitis A infections may ward off such immune dysfunction.
They can help maintain urinary tract health and are loaded with Vitamin C and antioxidants that may ward off heart disease and help prevent certain cancers.
Today, many people take Echinacea to ward off a cold--a remedy that seems to be ancient in its heritage.
She was attempting to ward off the dogs with a stick she carried in case there were any dogs that needed to be warded off,'' Rust said.
Why: The colorful ritual is believed to ward off evil and to sanctify
Even now, the 100 or so inhabitants of tiny North Sentinel Island ward off all boats that approach.
It gives you a small measure of support and comfort to know that you tried everything to ward off unpleasant things that can happen in the district and in the world,'' said Superintendent Jerry Gross.