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nourishment

[nur-ish-muh nt, nuhr-] /ˈnɜr ɪʃ mənt, ˈnʌr-/
noun
1.
something that nourishes; food, nutriment, or sustenance.
2.
the act of nourishing.
3.
the state of being nourished.
4.
a process, system, method, etc., of providing or administering nourishment:
a treatise on the nourishment of international trade.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English norysshement < Middle French norissement. See nourish, -ment
Related forms
nonnourishment, noun
overnourishment, noun
renourishment, noun
self-nourishment, noun
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nourishment

/ˈnʌrɪʃmənt/
noun
1.
the act or state of nourishing
2.
a substance that nourishes; food; nutriment
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Word Origin and History for overnourishment

nourishment

n.

early 15c., "food, sustenance," from Old French norissement "food, nourishment," from norrir (see nourish). From c.1300 as "fostering."

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overnourishment in Medicine

nourishment nour·ish·ment (nûr'ĭsh-mənt, nŭr'-)
n.
Something that nourishes; food.

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