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nutrient

[noo-tree-uh nt, nyoo-]
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adjective
  1. nourishing; providing nourishment or nutriment.
  2. containing or conveying nutriment, as solutions or vessels of the body.
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noun
  1. a nutrient substance.
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Origin of nutrient

1640–50; < Latin nūtrient- (stem of nūtriēns), present participle of nūtrīre to feed, nourish; see -ent
Related formsnon·nu·tri·ent, adjective, noun
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Related Words

foodfibervitaminmineralnutriment

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British Dictionary definitions for nutrient

nutrient

noun
  1. any of the mineral substances that are absorbed by the roots of plants for nourishment
  2. any substance that nourishes an organism
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adjective
  1. providing or contributing to nourishmenta nutrient solution
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin nūtrīre to nourish
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Word Origin and History for nutrient

n.

"a nutritious substance," 1828, noun use of adjective (1640s) meaning "providing nourishment," from Latin nutrientem (nominative nutriens), present participle of nutrire "to nourish, suckle, feed, foster" (see nourish).

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nutrient in Medicine

nutrient

(nōōtrē-ənt)
n.
  1. A source of nourishment, especially an ingredient in a food.
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nutrient in Science

nutrient

[nōōtrē-ənt]
  1. A substance that provides nourishment for growth or metabolism. Plants absorb nutrients mainly from the soil in the form of minerals and other inorganic compounds, and animals obtain nutrients from ingested foods.
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