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[noo-truh-muh nt, nyoo-] /ˈnu trə mənt, ˈnyu-/
any substance or matter that, taken into a living organism, serves to sustain it in its existence, promoting growth, replacing loss, and providing energy.
anything that nourishes; nourishment; food.
Origin of nutriment
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin nūtrīmentum nourishment, equivalent to nūtrī(re) to nourish, feed + -mentum -ment
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[noo-truh-men-tl, nyoo-] /ˌnu trəˈmɛn tl, ˌnyu-/ (Show IPA),
nonnutriment, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for nutriment
  • The store of nutriment laid up within the seeds of many plants seems at first to have no sort of relation to other plants.
  • Fowl should be used for stock in preference to chicken, as it is cheaper, and contains a larger amount of nutriment.
  • Dams also reduce sediment and nutriment flow downstream and reduce the temperature of the water.
  • Understanding this nutriment leads to understanding the three feelings.
  • Understanding this nutriment leads to understanding the three cravings.
British Dictionary definitions for nutriment


any material providing nourishment
Derived Forms
nutrimental (ˌnjuːtrɪˈmɛntəl) adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin nūtrīmentum, from nūtrīre to nourish
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Word Origin and History for nutriment

1540s, from Latin nutrimentum "nourishment; support," from nutrire "to nourish, suckle, feed," from PIE *nu-tri-, from root *(s)nau- "to swim, flow, let flow," hence "to suckle" (cf. Sanskrit snauti "she drips, gives milk;" Greek nan "I flow"), extended form of root *sna- "to swim" (see natatorium).

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nutriment in Medicine

nutriment nu·tri·ment (nōō'trə-mənt, nyōō'-)

  1. A source of nourishment; food.

  2. An agent that promotes growth or development.

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