malnutrition


mal·nu·tri·tion

noun \ˌmal-n-ˈtri-shən, -ny-\

: the unhealthy condition that results from not eating enough food or not eating enough healthy food : poor nutrition

Full Definition of MALNUTRITION

:  faulty nutrition due to inadequate or unbalanced intake of nutrients or their impaired assimilation or utilization

Examples of MALNUTRITION

  1. a program to help poor children suffering from malnutrition

First Known Use of MALNUTRITION

1862

Other Medicine Terms

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mal·nu·tri·tion

noun \ˌmal-n(y)-ˈtrish-ən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of MALNUTRITION

: faulty nutrition due to inadequate or unbalanced intake of nutrients or their impaired assimilation or utilization
mal·nu·tri·tion·al \-əl\ adjective

malnutrition

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Condition resulting from inadequate diet or from inability to absorb or metabolize nutrients. Food intake may be insufficient to supply calories or protein (see kwashiorkor) or deficient in one or more essential vitamins or minerals. The latter case can lead to specific nutritional deficiency diseases (including beriberi, pellagra, rickets, and scurvy). Metabolic defects, especially of the digestive system, liver, kidneys, or red blood cells, prevent proper digestion, absorption, and metabolism of nutrients. See also nutrition.

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