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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 nutritional
  • Ardent label readers scan nutritional labels for ingredients that they don't want in their diet.
  • Frying the little suckers might take away some of the nutritional value, but this might still be better than a candy bar.
  • As with fast food, the taste has instant appeal and is addictive, but the nutritional value is low.
  • The nutritional requirements for humans and monkeys has been well established by reliable peer reviewed studies for decades.
  • And by the way, almost all mental illness is nutritional deficiencies.
  • Rice doesn't have to be cooked to be digestible, only the outer shell has to be broken to release some nutritional value.
  • For example yeast cells retain memory of their nutritional environment.
  • Add some enzymes or nutritional supplements to kick it up.
  • Advances in genetic engineering could enhance the yield and nutritional benefit of crops.
  • The world-wide preference for animal protein therefore reflects an adaptive cultural and nutritional strategy.
British Dictionary definitions for nutritional


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 nutritional



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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nutritional 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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nutritional 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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