[uhn-der-nur-isht, -nuhr-]
not nourished with sufficient or proper food to maintain or promote health or normal growth.
not given essential elements for proper development: emotionally undernourished.

1925–30; under- + nourish + -ed2

undernourishment, noun
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Example sentences
If dandelions are growing in your lawn, the turf is probably thin and
Undernourished plants may have yellowing leaves, stunted growth and smaller
  than normal flowers or fruits.
She was undernourished and showed signs of having been pretty badly abused.
Economies, already as diseased and undernourished as their people, are dying.
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