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malnutrition

[mal-noo-trish-uh n, -nyoo-]
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noun
  1. lack of proper nutrition; inadequate or unbalanced nutrition.

Origin of malnutrition

First recorded in 1860–65; mal- + nutrition
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British Dictionary definitions for malnutrition

malnutrition

noun
  1. lack of adequate nutrition resulting from insufficient food, unbalanced diet, or defective assimilation
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Word Origin and History for malnutrition

n.

1843, from mal- + nutrition.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

malnutrition in Medicine

malnutrition

(măl′nōō-trĭshən)
n.
  1. Poor nutrition because of an insufficient or poorly balanced diet or faulty digestion or utilization of foods.
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malnutrition in Science

malnutrition

[măl′nōō-trĭshən]
  1. Poor nutrition caused by an insufficient, oversufficient, or poorly balanced diet or by a medical condition, such as chronic diarrhea, resulting in inadequate digestion or utilization of foods.
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malnutrition in Culture

malnutrition

Inadequate nutrition caused by the lack of a balanced diet or by disorders of the digestive system in which the nutrients from food cannot be absorbed properly.

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