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[dih-fish-uh n-see] /dɪˈfɪʃ ən si/
noun, plural deficiencies.
the state of being deficient; lack; incompleteness; insufficiency.
the amount lacked; a deficit.
Origin of deficiency
1625-35; < Late Latin dēficientia, Latin dēficient- (stem of dēficiēns). See deficient, -ency
Related forms
nondeficiency, noun, plural nondeficiencies.
predeficiency, noun, plural predeficiencies.
1. shortage, inadequacy, paucity, scarcity. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for deficiencies
  • 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.
  • There are a number of other communications deficiencies that do not affect intelligence.
  • Often a chair is reluctant to point out a faculty member's deficiencies.
  • But those deficiencies don't bother me all that much.
  • Perhaps that is intentional, or perhaps it is done in the hopes that the committee will overlook the deficiencies.
  • We bear many scars from evolution, and use modern science all the time to remedy the deficiencies of our biology.
  • Luckily, interlibrary loan services can usually make up for any local deficiencies.
British Dictionary definitions for deficiencies


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



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)
A lack or shortage of something essential to health; an insufficiency.

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