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[noo-trish-uh n, nyoo-] /nuˈtrɪʃ ən, nyu-/
the act or process of nourishing or of being nourished.
the science or study of, or a course of study in, nutrition, especially of humans.
the process by which organisms take in and utilize food material.
food; nutriment.
the pursuit of this science as an occupation or profession.
Origin of nutrition
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Late Latin nūtrītiōn- (stem of nūtrītiō) a feeding, equivalent to Latin nūtrīt(us) (past participle of nūtrīre to feed, nourish) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nutritional, nutritionary, adjective
nutritionally, adverb
hypernutrition, noun
supernutrition, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for nutrition
  • When food is full of nutrition our bodies have an automatic shutoff to eating too much.
  • One professor of nutrition, food studies and public health says this is a pretty good start, but more can be done.
  • Food insecurity leads to poor nutrition, high disease burden and hunger-induced violence.
  • For example, their multiple stomachs probably allowed them to extract maximum nutrition from their food.
  • Once his interest shifted definitively to food and nutrition, he was seldom out of the public eye.
  • Producers, also known as autotrophs, make their own food and do not depend on any other organism for nutrition.
  • Advocates of nanotechnology say it can increase food safety and nutrition.
  • Providing easy, online access to government information on food and human nutrition for consumers.
  • nutrition is the process by which your body gets energy and nutrients from the food you eat.
  • Originally, school nutrition was slated to be paid for by cuts in a farm conservation program.
British Dictionary definitions for nutrition


a process in animals and plants involving the intake of nutrient materials and their subsequent assimilation into the tissues related adjectives alimentary trophic
the act or process of nourishing
the study of nutrition, esp in humans
Derived Forms
nutritional, (rare) nutritionary, adjective
nutritionally, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin nūtrītiō, from nūtrīre to nourish
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Word Origin and History for nutrition

early 15c., from Old French nutrition (14c.) and directly from Latin nutritionem (nominative nutritio) "a nourishing," noun of action from past participle stem of nutrire "to nourish, suckle" (see nourish).

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nutrition in Medicine

nutrition nu·tri·tion (nōō-trĭsh'ən, nyōō-)

  1. The process by which a living organism assimilates food and uses it for growth, liberation of energy, and replacement of tissues; its successive stages include digestion, absorption, assimilation, and excretion.

  2. The science or study that deals with food and nourishment, especially in humans.

nu·tri'tion·al adj.
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nutrition in Science
  1. The process by which living organisms obtain food and use it for growth, metabolism, and repair. The stages of nutrition include ingestion, digestion, absorption, transport, assimilation, and excretion.

  2. The scientific study of food and nourishment, including food composition, dietary guidelines, and the roles that various nutrients have in maintaining health.

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