sparing action

[ spârĭng ]

n.

The manner in which the presence of a nonessential nutritive component in the diet lowers an organism's requirement for an essential component.

Nearby words

  1. sparganosis,
  2. sparge,
  3. sparid,
  4. sparine,
  5. sparing,
  6. sparingly,
  7. spark,
  8. spark arrester,
  9. spark chamber,
  10. spark coil


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