Question - How many atoms are in every living thing?

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Another way of looking at it is that this is 100, 000, 000, 000, 000 or 100 trillion atoms. Interestingly, the number of cells in the human body is estimated to be about the same as the number of atoms in a human cell. Atoms are extremely important structures that make up all of the materials on earth. Atoms are in our bodies and they bond together to form molecules, which make up matter. The particles we're made of About 99 percent of your body is made up of atoms of hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen and oxygen. You also contain much smaller amounts of the other elements that are essential for life. The six most common elements in living things are carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, phosphorus, and sulfur. Atoms of these elements combine and form thousands of large molecules. These large molecules make up the structures of cells and carry out many processes essential to life. A human body weighing 154 pounds (70 kilograms) is comprised of 7 billion billion billion atoms, which is a 7 followed by 27 zeros. It includes a variety of different types of atoms -- only few of which the average person is probably familiar with. Of these atoms, three types make up the majority.

https://www.ted.com/talks/jon_bergmann_just_how_small_is_an_atom/transcript

You probably already know everything is made up of little tiny things called atoms or even that each atom is made up of even smaller particles called protons, neutrons and electrons. And you've probably heard that atoms are small.

https://www.livescience.com/32983-what-are-ingredients-life.html

From the mightiest blue whale to the most miniscule paramecium, life as we know it takes dramatically different forms. Nonetheless, all organisms are built from the same six essential elemental ingredients: carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and sulfur (CHNOPS). Why those elements?

https://www.livescience.com/46946-solids.html

Solid is one of the three main states of matter, along with liquid and gas. Matter is the "stuff" of the universe, the atoms, molecules and ions that make up all physical substances. In a solid, these particles are packed closely together and are not free to move about within the substance.

https://education.jlab.org/qa/atom.html

Atoms are the basic building blocks of ordinary matter. Atoms can join together to form molecules, which in turn form most of the objects around you. Atoms are composed of particles called protons, electrons and neutrons.

https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quark

A quark is a tiny particle which makes up protons and neutrons. Atoms are made of protons, neutrons and electrons. It was once thought that all three of those were fundamental particles, which cannot be broken up into anything smaller.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180117131202.htm

"A cell holds 42 million protein molecules, scientists reveal. " ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 17 January 2018.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matter

A definition of "matter" more fine-scale than the atoms and molecules definition is: matter is made up of what atoms and molecules are made of, meaning anything made of positively charged protons, neutral neutrons, and negatively charged electrons.

https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/primer/basics/cell

Cells are the basic building blocks of all living things. The human body is composed of trillions of cells. Cells have many parts, each with a different function. Some of these parts, called organelles, are specialized structures that perform certain tasks within the cell.

http://www2.mbusd.org/staff/pware/PDFPPT/Elements.pdf

The Elements of Living Things. All living organisms are composed of cells, from just one to many trillions. What are the ingredients for life? Your body is made mostly of three elements: carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen.

https://www.amnh.org/ology/features/bigideas_water/index.php

All living things, from tiny cyanobacteria to giant blue whales, need water to survive. Without water, life as we know it would not exist. And life exists wherever there is water. All organisms, like animals and plants, use water : salty or fresh, hot or cold, plenty of water or almost no water at all.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/proton-smashing-resumes-at-the-world-s-largest-particle-a

Protons are particles found in the atomic nucleus, roughly one thousand-million-millionth of a metre in size.

https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neutron

Neutrons and protons are found in the nucleus of an atom. Unlike protons, which have a positive charge, or electrons, which have a negative charge, neutrons have zero charge which means they are neutral particles.

https://bbsrc.ukri.org/documents/fullbooklet-pdf/

DNA is a large chemical made of four small chemicals (A, T, G, C). The order of the small chemicals makes the “Recipe for Life”.

https://www.britannica.com/science/organic-compound

Organic compound, any of a large class of chemical compounds in which one or more atoms of carbon are covalently linked to atoms of other elements, most commonly hydrogen, oxygen, or nitrogen. The few carbon-containing compounds not classified as organic include carbides, carbonates, and cyanides.