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deficiency disease

noun, Pathology.
any illness associated with an insufficient supply of one or more essential dietary constituents.
Origin of deficiency disease
First recorded in 1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Dr. Chiara, who had collapsed while driving himself on to care for the sick, was sure it was a deficiency disease.

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
  • It was an amount amazingly large and many of the items had presumably been exhausted during the deficiency disease attack.

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
  • Nothing could be more incongruous than the occurrence of a deficiency disease in this land of plenty.

    Scurvy Past and Present Alfred Fabian Hess
  • Medical men thought it was a deficiency disease, but they had not traced down the deficiency responsible.

    Wind Charles Louis Fontenay
British Dictionary definitions for deficiency disease

deficiency disease

(med) any condition, such as pellagra, beriberi, or scurvy, produced by a lack of vitamins or other essential substances Compare avitaminosis
(botany) any disease caused by lack of essential minerals
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deficiency disease in Medicine

deficiency disease n.
A disease that is caused by a dietary deficiency of specific nutrients, especially a vitamin or mineral, possibly stemming from insufficient intake, digestion, absorption, or utilization of a nutrient. Also called insufficiency disease.

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