[noo-tree-uh nt, nyoo-]
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  1. a nutrient substance.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for nutrients

food, fiber, vitamin, mineral, nutriment

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British Dictionary definitions for nutrients


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



"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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nutrients in Medicine


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


  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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