nutrient

[noo-tree-uhnt, nyoo-]
adjective
1.
nourishing; providing nourishment or nutriment.
2.
containing or conveying nutriment, as solutions or vessels of the body.
noun
3.
a nutrient substance.

Origin:
1640–50; < Latin nūtrient- (stem of nūtriēns), present participle of nūtrīre to feed, nourish; see -ent

nonnutrient, adjective, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To nutrient
Collins
World English Dictionary
nutrient (ˈnjuːtrɪənt)
 
n
1.  any of the mineral substances that are absorbed by the roots of plants for nourishment
2.  any substance that nourishes an organism
 
adj
3.  providing or contributing to nourishment: a nutrient solution
 
[C17: from Latin nūtrīre to nourish]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

nutrient
1650 (adj.), "providing nourishment," from L. nutrientem (nom. nutriens), prp. of nutrire "nourish" (see nourish). The noun meaning "a nutritious substance" is first attested 1828, from the adj.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Medical Dictionary

nutrient nu·tri·ent (nōō'trē-ənt, nyōō'-)
n.
A source of nourishment, especially an ingredient in a food.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Science Dictionary
nutrient   (n'trē-ənt)  Pronunciation Key 
A substance that provides nourishment for growth or metabolism. Plants absorb nutrients mainly from the soil in the form of minerals and other inorganic compounds, and animals obtain nutrients from ingested foods.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Britannica
Encyclopedia

nutrient

substance that an organism must obtain from its surroundings for growth and the sustenance of life. So-called nonessential nutrients are those that can be synthesized by the cell if they are absent from the food. Essential nutrients cannot be synthesized within the cell and must be present in the food. In some animals, microorganisms living in the gut may synthesize essential nutrients, which are then released into the bloodstream. In most living organisms, nutrients provide not only the energy necessary for certain vital processes but also the various materials from which all structural and functional components can be assembled. See also metabolism; nutrition; and nutrition, human.

Learn more about nutrient with a free trial on Britannica.com.

Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source
Example sentences
Such knowledge helps blur the distinction between a nutrient and a drug.
It's all done without government subsidies, cost-sharing, nutrient management
  plans or confinement livestock systems.
If it's growing satisfactorily, its nutrient needs are being met.
Nutrient cycling, hydrodynamics and plankton communities would also shift.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature