not nourished with sufficient or proper food to maintain or promote health or normal growth.
not given essential elements for proper development: emotionally undernourished.
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- un·der·nour·ish·ment, noun
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How to use undernourished in a sentence
People who are undernourished are chronically hungry, meaning they don’t have enough to eat for a normal, healthy and active life for a period of at least a year.World Hunger Surged In 2020, With 1 in 10 People On Earth Undernourished | LGBTQ-Editor | July 15, 2021 | No Straight News
In his 1970 Nobel lecture, he called the increases in food production “still modest in terms of total needs” and, pointing out that half the world is undernourished, said “no room is left for complacency.”
Being undernourished has a negative impact on hormone function.
There, 118 undernourished children ages 12 to 18 months received either the gut microbe–friendly food or a more traditional ready-to-use supplementary food twice a day for three months.Food that boosts gut microbes could be a new way to help malnourished kids | Jeanne Erdmann | June 7, 2021 | Science News
Nevertheless, that proportion has since held fairly steady, and the absolute number of undernourished people has been rising.
“He was undernourished, not necessarily malnourished,” she said.Obama Shut Out Congress for 2 Years About Bergdahl Deal, Key Senator Says | Tim Mak | June 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Many countries were devastated, undernourished and stripped bare of food and agricultural equipment because of enemy occupation.
Under such conditions many voles appear to be undernourished, and some are actually emaciated.
In their wan faces, in their undernourished bodies, would be indelibly written the bitter defeat of their parents.The Pivot of Civilization | Margaret Sanger
The undernourished proletariat lacked the initiative to go out where the food came from.Greener Than You Think | Ward Moore
By the way, she was so skinny to this time and so undernourished; look as skinny as she could be and she did not feel good.Warren Commission (8 of 26): Hearings Vol. VIII (of 15) | The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy