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nitrogen balance

noun, Biochemistry, Physiology
the difference between the amount of nitrogen taken in and the amount excreted or lost: used to evaluate nutritional balance.
Origin of nitrogen balance
1940-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The nitrogen balance was maintained through the excretions of the animals and their death and decay.

    A Civic Biology George William Hunter
nitrogen balance in Medicine

nitrogen balance n.
The difference between the amount of nitrogen taken into the body and the amount excreted or lost.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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