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nutriment

[noo-truh-muh nt, nyoo-]
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noun
  1. any substance or matter that, taken into a living organism, serves to sustain it in its existence, promoting growth, replacing loss, and providing energy.
  2. anything that nourishes; nourishment; food.
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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
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nutritionprovisionsalimentsupportnourishmentdietsustenance

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British Dictionary definitions for nutriment

nutriment

noun
  1. any material providing nourishment
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Derived Formsnutrimental (ˌnjuːtrɪˈmɛntəl), adjective

Word Origin

C16: from Latin nūtrīmentum, from nūtrīre to nourish
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Word Origin and History for nutriment

n.

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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nutriment in Medicine

nutriment

(nōōtrə-mənt)
n.
  1. A source of nourishment; food.
  2. An agent that promotes growth or development.
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