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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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  • As to old hard fibre, we are not in a position to say whether or not it possesses any nutrimental value worth taking into account.

    The Stock-Feeder's Manual Charles Alexander Cameron
  • Thus a portion of the elements of manure and nutrimental matter passes into the living bodies without being entirely subdued.

  • The hostess must also, of course, direct the nutrimental as well as the conversational process of the feast.

    Missy Dana Gatlin
British Dictionary definitions for nutrimental


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 nutrimental



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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nutrimental 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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