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malnutrition

[mal-noo-trish-uh n, -nyoo-] /ˌmæl nuˈtrɪʃ ən, -nyu-/
noun
1.
lack of proper nutrition; inadequate or unbalanced nutrition.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; mal- + nutrition
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Examples for malnutrition
  • Their nutrition crisis takes the form of malnutrition, in too many cases acute malnutrition.
  • The scientists found evidence of a number of diseases that are related to maternal malnutrition and poor prenatal care.
  • The food stamp program was originally devised to combat malnutrition among the poor.
  • These conditions are responsible for a lack of food, which leads to malnutrition.
  • malnutrition and dehydration are common in rescued orangutans.
  • They suffer from malnutrition and various viral and bacterial diseases.
  • In turn, millions of their own people have died due to malnutrition and starvation.
  • On a merchant ship, food and clean water were in short supply and diseases caused by malnutrition were rampant.
  • It is the preferred method for feeding patients with malnutrition who cannot tolerate eating by mouth.
  • malnutrition rates in some areas are five times more severe than the threshold aid agencies use to define a crisis.
British Dictionary definitions for malnutrition

malnutrition

/ˌmælnjuːˈtrɪʃən/
noun
1.
lack of adequate nutrition resulting from insufficient food, unbalanced diet, or defective assimilation
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Word Origin and History for malnutrition
n.

1843, from mal- + nutrition.

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malnutrition in Medicine

malnutrition mal·nu·tri·tion (māl'nōō-trĭsh'ən, -nyōō-)
n.
Poor nutrition because of an insufficient or poorly balanced diet or faulty digestion or utilization of foods.

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malnutrition in Science
malnutrition
  (māl'n-trĭsh'ən)   
Poor nutrition caused by an insufficient, oversufficient, or poorly balanced diet or by a medical condition, such as chronic diarrhea, resulting in inadequate digestion or utilization of foods.
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malnutrition in Culture

malnutrition definition


Inadequate nutrition caused by the lack of a balanced diet or by disorders of the digestive system in which the nutrients from food cannot be absorbed properly.

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