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deficiency

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noun de·fi·cien·cy \di-ˈfi-shən-sē\

Simple Definition of deficiency

  • : a lack of something that is needed : the state of not having enough of something necessary

  • : a problem in the way something is made or formed

Full Definition of deficiency

plural de·fi·cien·cies

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being deficient :  inadequacy

  2. 2 :  an amount that is lacking or inadequate :  shortage: as a :  a shortage of substances necessary to health b :  deletion 2b(1)

Examples of deficiency

  1. The disease may be caused by nutritional deficiencies.

  2. The book's major deficiency is its poor plot.

  3. a deficiency of vitamin C

  4. There are several deficiencies in his plan.

  5. The accident was caused by deficiencies in the engine.



1603

First Known Use of deficiency

1603


DEFICIENCY Defined for Kids

deficiency

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noun de·fi·cien·cy \di-ˈfi-shən-sē\

Definition of deficiency

plural de·fi·cien·cies

  1. :  the condition of being without something necessary and especially something required for health <a vitamin deficiency>




Medical Dictionary

deficiency

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noun de·fi·cien·cy \di-ˈfish-ən-sē\

Medical Definition of deficiency

plural de·fi·cien·cies

  1. 1:  a shortage of substances (as vitamins) necessary to health

  2. 2:  deletion





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