undernourishment

undernourished

[uhn-der-nur-isht, -nuhr-]
adjective
1.
not nourished with sufficient or proper food to maintain or promote health or normal growth.
2.
not given essential elements for proper development: emotionally undernourished.

Origin:
1925–30; under- + nourish + -ed2

undernourishment, noun
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undernourish (ˌʌndəˈnʌrɪʃ)
 
vb
(tr; usually passive) to deprive of or fail to provide with nutrients essential for health and growth
 
under'nourishment
 
n

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