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
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