[mal-uhb-sawrp-shuhn, -zawrp-]
noun Pathology.
faulty absorption of nutritive material from the intestine.

1930–35; mal- + absorption Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
malabsorption (ˌmæləbˈsɔːpʃən)
a failure of absorption, esp by the small intestine in coeliac disease, cystic fibrosis, etc

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Word Origin & History

1932, from mal- + absorption (see absorb).
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Medical Dictionary

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

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Example sentences
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.
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