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malnourished

[mal-nur-isht, -nuhr-]
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adjective
  1. poorly or improperly nourished; suffering from malnutrition: thin, malnourished victims of the famine.
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Origin of malnourished

First recorded in 1925–30; mal- + nourish + -ed2
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Related Words for malnourished

bony, lanky, gaunt, slender, scrawny, angular, undernourished, malnourished, emaciated, dying, hungry, anorexic, spare, lean, peaked, weakened, faint, famished, skinny, empty

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British Dictionary definitions for malnourished

malnourished

adjective
  1. undernourished
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Word Origin and History for malnourished

adj.

1906, from mal- "bad, badly" + nourished (see nourish).

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malnourished in Medicine

malnourished

(măl-nûrĭsht)
adj.
  1. Affected by improper nutrition or an insufficient diet.
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