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[mal-uh-sim-uh-ley-shuh n]
noun Pathology.
  1. imperfect incorporation of nutrients into body tissue.
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Origin of malassimilation

First recorded in 1860–65; mal- + assimilation
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Examples from the Web for malassimilation

Historical Examples

  • In all conditions of malassimilation, there is more or less autointoxication.

    Encyclopedia of Diet, Vol. 4 (of 5)

    Eugene Christian

  • According to the label, Seng is indicated in indigestion, malassimilation, malnutrition and wasting diseases.

British Dictionary definitions for malassimilation


  1. pathol defective assimilation of nutrients
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Word Origin and History for malassimilation


also mal-assimilation, 1840, from mal- + assimilation.

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malassimilation in Medicine


  1. Incomplete or imperfect assimilation of nutrients by the body.
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