malnutrition

[mal-noo-trish-uh n, -nyoo-]

noun

lack of proper nutrition; inadequate or unbalanced nutrition.

Nearby words

  1. malmsey,
  2. malmédy,
  3. malmö,
  4. malnourished,
  5. malnourishment,
  6. malocclusion,
  7. malodor,
  8. malodorous,
  9. malonate,
  10. malone

Origin of malnutrition

First recorded in 1860–65; mal- + nutrition

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British Dictionary definitions for malnutrition

malnutrition

noun

lack of adequate nutrition resulting from insufficient food, unbalanced diet, or defective assimilation
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Word Origin and History for malnutrition

malnutrition

n.

1843, from mal- + nutrition.

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Medicine definitions for malnutrition

malnutrition

[măl′nōō-trĭshən]

n.

Poor nutrition because of an insufficient or poorly balanced diet or faulty digestion or utilization of foods.

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Science definitions for malnutrition

malnutrition

[măl′nōō-trĭshən]

Poor nutrition caused by an insufficient, oversufficient, or poorly balanced diet or by a medical condition, such as chronic diarrhea, resulting in inadequate digestion or utilization of foods.
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Culture definitions for malnutrition

malnutrition

Inadequate nutrition caused by the lack of a balanced diet or by disorders of the digestive system in which the nutrients from food cannot be absorbed properly.

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