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insufficiency

[in-suh-fish-uh n-see] /ˌɪn səˈfɪʃ ən si/
noun, plural insufficiencies for 2.
1.
deficiency in amount, force, power, competence, or fitness; inadequacy:
insufficiency of supplies.
2.
an instance of this.
3.
inability of an organ or other part of the body to function normally:
cardiac insufficiency.
Also, insufficience.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Late Latin insufficientia. See insufficient, -ency
Related forms
self-insufficiency, noun, plural self-insufficiencies.
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Examples for insufficiency
  • My explanation is that postpartum depression is the first sign of metabolic insufficiency.
  • Although it is easy to treat, adrenal insufficiency can be tough to diagnose.
  • Complete insufficiency does not enter the meaning of the term.
  • The real cause of unemployment is currency insufficiency.
  • Most of the people who are getting less sleep experience some consequences of sleep insufficiency.
  • Where now he realized only his own inconsequence, effort would make him aware of his own impotency and insufficiency.
  • During an extreme form of adrenal insufficiency, adrenal crisis, you must inject hydrocortisone immediately.
  • Treating related disorders such as diabetes and renal insufficiency may prevent some neuralgias.
  • There may be heart murmurs or other signs of aortic insufficiency or mitral insufficiency.
  • Kidney insufficiency or kidney failure is rare with unilateral hydronephrosis because the other kidney usually functions normally.
British Dictionary definitions for insufficiency

insufficiency

/ˌɪnsəˈfɪʃənsɪ/
noun
1.
Also called insufficience. the state of being insufficient
2.
(pathol) failure in the functioning of an organ, tissue, etc cardiac insufficiency
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Word Origin and History for insufficiency
n.

1520s, from Late Latin insufficientia, noun of quality from insufficientem (see insufficient). Insufficience "deficiency" is from early 15c.

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insufficiency in Medicine

insufficiency in·suf·fi·cien·cy (ĭn'sə-fĭsh'ən-sē)
n.

  1. An inability of a bodily part or an organ to function normally.

  2. A moral or mental incompetence.

  3. An inadequate supply.

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