deficiency disease


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

Origin of deficiency disease

1
First recorded in 1910–15

Words Nearby deficiency disease

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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

noun
  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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