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deficiency

[ dih-fish-uhn-see ]
/ dɪˈfɪʃ ən si /
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noun, plural de·fi·cien·cies.

the state of being deficient; lack; incompleteness; insufficiency.
the amount lacked; a deficit.

RELATED WORDS

flaw, failing, failure, weakness, lack, defect, dearth, glitch, insufficiency, shortcoming, scarcity, shortage, frailty, fault, loss, privation, default, demerit, bug, paucity

Nearby words

defibrillation, defibrillator, defibrinate, defibrination, deficience, deficiency, deficiency account, deficiency disease, deficiency judgment, deficiency symptom, deficient

Origin of deficiency

1625–35; < Late Latin dēficientia, Latin dēficient- (stem of dēficiēns). See deficient, -ency
SYNONYMS FOR deficiency
Related formsnon·de·fi·cien·cy, noun, plural non·de·fi·cien·cies.pre·de·fi·cien·cy, noun, plural pre·de·fi·cien·cies.
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British Dictionary definitions for deficiency

deficiency

/ (dɪˈfɪʃənsɪ) /

noun plural -cies

the state or quality of being deficient
a lack or insufficiency; shortage
another word for deficit
biology the absence of a gene or a region of a chromosome normally present
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Word Origin and History for deficiency

deficiency


n.

1630s, from deficience (mid-15c.) + -cy; or from Late Latin deficientia, from deficientem (see deficient).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for deficiency

deficiency

[ dĭ-fĭshən-sē ]

n.

A lack or shortage of something essential to health; an insufficiency.
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