[ noo-truh-muh nt, nyoo- ]
/ ˈnu trə mənt, ˈnyu- /


any substance or matter that, taken into a living organism, serves to sustain it in its existence, promoting growth, replacing loss, and providing energy.
anything that nourishes; nourishment; food.

Nearby words

  1. nutrient vessel,
  2. nutrient-dense,
  3. nutrigenetics,
  4. nutrigenomics,
  5. nutrilite,
  6. nutrimental,
  7. nutrition,
  8. nutritional,
  9. nutritionist,
  10. nutritionist's calorie

Origin of nutriment

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin nūtrīmentum nourishment, equivalent to nūtrī(re) to nourish, feed + -mentum -ment

Related formsnu·tri·men·tal [noo-truh-men-tl, nyoo-] /ˌnu trəˈmɛn tl, ˌnyu-/, adjectivenon·nu·tri·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for nutriment


/ (ˈnjuːtrɪmənt) /


any material providing nourishment
Derived Formsnutrimental (ˌnjuːtrɪˈmɛntəl), adjective

Word Origin for nutriment

C16: from Latin nūtrīmentum, from nūtrīre to nourish

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Word Origin and History for nutriment



1540s, from Latin nutrimentum "nourishment; support," from nutrire "to nourish, suckle, feed," from PIE *nu-tri-, from root *(s)nau- "to swim, flow, let flow," hence "to suckle" (cf. Sanskrit snauti "she drips, gives milk;" Greek nan "I flow"), extended form of root *sna- "to swim" (see natatorium).

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Medicine definitions for nutriment


[ nōōtrə-mənt ]


A source of nourishment; food.
An agent that promotes growth or development.

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