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nutrient

[noo-tree-uh nt, nyoo-] /ˈnu tri ənt, ˈnyu-/
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 of nutrient
1640-1650
1640-50; < Latin nūtrient- (stem of nūtriēns), present participle of nūtrīre to feed, nourish; see -ent
Related forms
nonnutrient, adjective, noun
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nutrient

/ˈnjuːtrɪənt/
noun
1.
any of the mineral substances that are absorbed by the roots of plants for nourishment
2.
any substance that nourishes an organism
adjective
3.
providing or contributing to nourishment: a nutrient solution
Word Origin
C17: from Latin nūtrīre to nourish
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Word Origin and History for nutrients

nutrient

n.

"a nutritious substance," 1828, noun use of adjective (1640s) meaning "providing nourishment," from Latin nutrientem (nominative nutriens), present participle of nutrire "to nourish, suckle, feed, foster" (see nourish).

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nutrients in Medicine

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

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nutrients in Science
nutrient
  (n'trē-ənt)   
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.
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