any illness associated with an insufficient supply of one or more essential dietary constituents.
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Origin of deficiency disease
First recorded in 1910–15
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British Dictionary definitions for deficiency disease
med any condition, such as pellagra, beriberi, or scurvy, produced by a lack of vitamins or other essential substancesCompare avitaminosis
botany any disease caused by lack of essential minerals
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Medical definitions for deficiency disease
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.insufficiency disease
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