nutrient

[noo-tree-uh nt, nyoo-]

adjective

nourishing; providing nourishment or nutriment.
containing or conveying nutriment, as solutions or vessels of the body.

noun

a nutrient substance.

Nearby words

  1. nutmegger,
  2. nutpick,
  3. nutraceutical,
  4. nutrasweet,
  5. nutria,
  6. nutrient artery,
  7. nutrient artery of femur,
  8. nutrient artery of fibula,
  9. nutrient artery of humerus,
  10. nutrient canal

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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British Dictionary definitions for nutrient

nutrient

noun

any of the mineral substances that are absorbed by the roots of plants for nourishment
any substance that nourishes an organism

adjective

providing or contributing to nourishmenta nutrient solution

Word Origin for nutrient

C17: from Latin nūtrīre to nourish

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Word Origin and History for nutrient

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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Medicine definitions for nutrient

nutrient

[nōōtrē-ənt]

n.

A source of nourishment, especially an ingredient in a food.

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Science definitions for nutrient

nutrient

[nōōtrē-ənt]

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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