[mal-uh b-sawrp-shuh n, -zawrp-]

noun Pathology.

faulty absorption of nutritive material from the intestine.

Origin of malabsorption

First recorded in 1930–35; mal- + absorption Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for malabsorption



a failure of absorption, esp by the small intestine in coeliac disease, cystic fibrosis, etc
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Word Origin and History for malabsorption

1879, from mal- + absorption.

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malabsorption in Medicine




Defective or inadequate absorption of nutrients from the intestinal tract.
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