kwashiorkor

[kwah-shee-awr-kawr, -ker]
noun Pathology.
a malnutrition disease, chiefly of children, caused by severe protein and vitamin deficiency and characterized by retarded growth, changes in pigmentation, potbelly, and anemia.

Origin:
1930–35; < Ga kwašiɔkɔ the influence a child is said to be under when his mother becomes pregnant with her next child; spelling with r's is r-less speaker's representation of the vowels

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kwashiorkor (ˌkwæʃɪˈɔːkə)
 
n
severe malnutrition of infants and young children, esp soon after weaning, resulting from dietary deficiency of protein
 
[C20: from a native word in Ghana]

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kwashiorkor kwa·shi·or·kor (kwä'shē-ôr'kôr')
n.
A severe malnutrition of infants and young children, primarily in tropical and subtropical regions, caused by deficiency in the quality and quantity of protein in the diet and characterized by anemia, edema, potbelly, depigmentation of the skin, loss or change in hair color, hypoalbuminemia, and bulky stools containing undigested food.

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kwashiorkor   (kwä'shē-ôr'kôr')  Pronunciation Key 
A severe malnutrition, seen primarily in children of tropical and subtropical regions, caused by deficiency in the quality and quantity of dietary protein. Kwahiorkor is characterized by failure to grow, anemia, liver damage, edema, discoloration of the skin or hair, and bulky stools containing undigested food.
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Example sentences
Symptoms normally manifest themselves in one of two ways, known as marasmus and kwashiorkor.
Kwashiorkor is a form of severe malnutrition of unknown etiology.
Kwashiorkor is a condition resulting from inadequate protein intake.
Cystic fibrosis presenting as kwashiorkor with florid skin rash.
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