deficiency disease

  1. any illness associated with an insufficient supply of one or more essential dietary constituents.

Origin of deficiency disease

First recorded in 1910–15

Words Nearby deficiency disease Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use deficiency disease in a sentence

  • 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

  1. med any condition, such as pellagra, beriberi, or scurvy, produced by a lack of vitamins or other essential substances: Compare avitaminosis

  2. botany any disease caused by lack of essential minerals

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