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deficiency disease

noun, Pathology.
any illness associated with an insufficient supply of one or more essential dietary constituents.
Origin of deficiency disease
1910-15 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for deficiency-disease

deficiency disease

(med) any condition, such as pellagra, beriberi, or scurvy, produced by a lack of vitamins or other essential substances Compare avitaminosis
(botany) any disease caused by lack of essential minerals
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deficiency-disease in Medicine

deficiency disease n.
A disease that is caused by a dietary deficiency of specific nutrients, especially a vitamin or mineral, possibly stemming from insufficient intake, digestion, absorption, or utilization of a nutrient. Also called insufficiency disease.

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