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deficiency

[dih-fish-uh n-see] /dɪˈfɪʃ ən si/
noun, plural deficiencies.
1.
the state of being deficient; lack; incompleteness; insufficiency.
2.
the amount lacked; a deficit.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35; < Late Latin dēficientia, Latin dēficient- (stem of dēficiēns). See deficient, -ency
Related forms
nondeficiency, noun, plural nondeficiencies.
predeficiency, noun, plural predeficiencies.
Synonyms
1. shortage, inadequacy, paucity, scarcity.
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British Dictionary definitions for deficiencies

deficiency

/dɪˈfɪʃənsɪ/
noun (pl) -cies
1.
the state or quality of being deficient
2.
a lack or insufficiency; shortage
3.
another word for deficit
4.
(biology) the absence of a gene or a region of a chromosome normally present
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Word Origin and History for deficiencies

deficiency

n.

1630s, from deficience (mid-15c.) + -cy; or from Late Latin deficientia, from deficientem (see deficient).

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deficiencies in Medicine

deficiency de·fi·cien·cy (dĭ-fĭsh'ən-sē)
n.
A lack or shortage of something essential to health; an insufficiency.

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