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kwashiorkor


kwashiorkor

noun kwa·shi·or·kor
\ˌkwäsh-ē-ˈr-kr, -(r)-ˈkr\

Definition of KWASHIORKOR

:  severe malnutrition chiefly affecting young children especially of impoverished regions that is characterized by failure to grow and develop, changes in the pigmentation of the skin and hair, edema, fatty degeneration of the liver, anemia, and apathy and is caused by a diet excessively high in carbohydrate and extremely low in protein—compare pellagra
March 04, 2015
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