deficiency

[dih-fish-uhn-see]
noun, plural deficiencies.
1.
the state of being deficient; lack; incompleteness; insufficiency.
2.
the amount lacked; a deficit.

Origin:
1625–35; < Late Latin dēficientia, Latin dēficient- (stem of dēficiēns). See deficient, -ency

nondeficiency, noun, plural nondeficiencies.
predeficiency, noun, plural predeficiencies.


1. shortage, inadequacy, paucity, scarcity.
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deficiency (dɪˈfɪʃənsɪ)
 
n , 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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deficiency
1630s, from deficience (c.1600), from L.L. deficientia, from deficientem (see deficient).
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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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Example sentences
Eliminating foods from your diet can increase the risk of nutritional
  deficiencies.
What happened was a predictable outcome of known deficiencies in the type of
  nuclear equipment installed there.
The structural defects were equalled by the deficiencies in the commonest
  objects of hospital use.
Perhaps the invigorating climate of the mountain camp was compensation for
  material deficiencies.
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