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insufficiency

[ in-suh-fish-uhn-see ]
/ ˌɪn səˈfɪʃ ən si /
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noun, plural in·suf·fi·cien·cies for 2.
deficiency in amount, force, power, competence, or fitness; inadequacy: insufficiency of supplies.
an instance of this.
inability of an organ or other part of the body to function normally: cardiac insufficiency.
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Also in·suf·fi·cience .

Origin of insufficiency

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English word from Late Latin word insufficientia.See insufficient, -ency

OTHER WORDS FROM insufficiency

self-in·suf·fi·cien·cy, noun, plural self·-in·suf·fi·cien·cies.
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How to use insufficiency in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for insufficiency

insufficiency
/ (ˌɪnsəˈfɪʃənsɪ) /

noun
Also called: insufficience the state of being insufficient
pathol failure in the functioning of an organ, tissue, etccardiac insufficiency
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Medical definitions for insufficiency

insufficiency
[ ĭn′sə-fĭshən-sē ]

n.
An inability of a bodily part or an organ to function normally.
A moral or mental incompetence.
An inadequate supply.
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