insufficiency


in·suf·fi·cien·cy

noun \ˌin(t)-sə-ˈfi-shən(t)-sē\
plural in·suf·fi·cien·cies

Definition of INSUFFICIENCY

1
:  the quality or state of being insufficient: as
a :  lack of mental or moral fitness :  incompetence <the insufficiency of this person for public office>
b :  lack of adequate supply <insufficiency of provisions>
c :  lack of physical power or capacity; especially :  inability of an organ or body part to function normally <renal insufficiency>
2
:  something that is insufficient or falls short of expectations

Examples of INSUFFICIENCY

  1. <dealt with the school's insufficiency of art supplies by buying materials out of her own pocket>
  2. <her alleged insufficiency for the job>

First Known Use of INSUFFICIENCY

1526

in·suf·fi·cien·cy

noun \ˌin(t)-sə-ˈfish-ən-sē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural in·suf·fi·cien·cies

Medical Definition of INSUFFICIENCY

: the quality or state of not being sufficient: as a : lack of adequate supply of something <an insufficiency of vitamins> b : lack of physical power or capacity; especially : inability of an organ or bodily part to function normally <renal insufficiency> <pulmonary insufficiency>—compare aortic regurgitation
in·suf·fi·cient \-ənt\ adjective

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