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[mal-uh b-sawrp-shuh n, -zawrp-] /ˌmæl əbˈsɔrp ʃən, -ˈzɔrp-/
noun, Pathology
faulty absorption of nutritive material from the intestine.
Origin of malabsorption
1930-35; mal- + absorption Unabridged
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Examples from the web for malabsorption
  • Gastrointestinal damage causes malabsorption of nutrients necessary for proper brain function.
  • Fat malabsorption can cause a change in your stools called steatorrhea.
  • Approach to the patient with diarrhea and malabsorption.
  • Decreased levels of stomach acid or gastrin can cause malabsorption.
  • malabsorption is the inability of the intestines to absorb nutrients.
  • For a swollen abdomen caused by malabsorption, try changing your diet and limiting milk.
  • Limiting oxalates may be particularly harmful in people with bowel disorders in which there is malabsorption.
British Dictionary definitions for malabsorption


a failure of absorption, esp by the small intestine in coeliac disease, cystic fibrosis, etc
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Word Origin and History for malabsorption

1879, from mal- + absorption.

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malabsorption in Medicine

malabsorption mal·ab·sorp·tion (māl'əb-sôrp'shən, -zôrp'-)
Defective or inadequate absorption of nutrients from the intestinal tract.

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