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[noo-trish-uh s, nyoo-] /nuˈtrɪʃ əs, nyu-/
providing nourishment, especially to a high degree; nourishing; healthful:
a good, nutritious meal.
Origin of nutritious
1655-65; < Latin nūtrītius that suckles, nourishes, variant of nūtrīcius, equivalent to nūtrīci- (stem of nūtrīx) nurse (see nurse) + -us adj. suffix (see -ous)
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nutritiously, adverb
nutritiousness, noun
nonnutritious, adjective
nonnutritiously, adverb
nonnutritiousness, noun
subnutritious, adjective
subnutritiously, adverb
subnutritiousness, noun
unnutritious, adjective
unnutritiously, adverb Unabridged
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nourishing, sometimes to a high degree
Derived Forms
nutritiously, adverb
nutritiousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin nūtrīcius nourishing, from nūtrix a nurse
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Word Origin and History for nutritious

1660s, from Latin nutricius "that which nourishes, nurses," from nutrix (genitive nutricis) "a nurse," from nutrire (see nourish). Related: Nutritiously.

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nutritious in Medicine

nutritious nu·tri·tious (nōō-trĭsh'əs, nyōō-)
Providing nourishment; nourishing.

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