[mak-roh-noo-tree-uh nt, -nyoo-]
  1. Nutrition. any of the nutritional components of the diet that are required in relatively large amounts: protein, carbohydrate, fat, and the macrominerals.
  2. Botany. any of the three chemical elements required by plants in relatively large amounts: nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium.
Compare micronutrient.

Origin of macronutrient

First recorded in 1940–45; macro- + nutrient Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for macronutrient


  1. any substance, such as carbon, hydrogen, or oxygen, that is required in large amounts for healthy growth and development
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macronutrient in Medicine


  1. A nutrient required in large amounts for the normal growth and development of an organism.
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