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[mal-nur-isht, -nuhr-] /mælˈnɜr ɪʃt, -ˈnʌr-/
poorly or improperly nourished; suffering from malnutrition:
thin, malnourished victims of the famine.
Origin of malnourished
1925-30; mal- + nourish + -ed2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for malnourished
  • More than half the world's people were malnourished.
  • Zimbabweans are severely malnourished, and deaths from starvation occur even in the cities.
  • Eighty percent of the people were unemployed, and two thirds were malnourished.
  • Daisy was so malnourished and her intestinal lining was so damaged that she had to be fed at first through a tube in her head.
  • Beyond that, she was malnourished and quite a sight.
  • Still others concern health, such as whether any member of a household is malnourished.
  • About a third of their children under the age of five are moderately or severely malnourished.
  • Health workers say that many of the children are malnourished.
  • But everyone had shoes, and nobody looked malnourished.
  • These lines can occur after illness, injury to the nail, and when you are malnourished.
British Dictionary definitions for malnourished


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Word Origin and History for malnourished

1906, from mal- "bad, badly" + nourished (see nourish).

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malnourished in Medicine

malnourished mal·nour·ished (māl-nûr'ĭsht, -nŭr'-)
Affected by improper nutrition or an insufficient diet.

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