deficiency disease


Definition of deficiency disease

: a disease (such as scurvy) caused by a lack of essential dietary elements and especially a vitamin or mineral

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Recent Examples on the Web These ancient beliefs received scientific validation in the early 20th century, when sunlight was employed to kill tuberculosis bacteria and to treat the deficiency disease, rickets. Richard Schiffman, New York Times, "Let the Sunshine In," 28 Apr. 2020 By artificially adding vitamins and minerals back in, deficiency diseases like rickets and beriberi were largely eliminated from the Western world. Kyle Frischkorn, Smithsonian, "You Are What You Eat, And What You Eat Is Millions of Microbes," 14 June 2017

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First Known Use of deficiency disease

1912, in the meaning defined above

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“Deficiency disease.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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Medical Definition of deficiency disease

: a disease (as scurvy) caused by a lack of essential dietary elements and especially a vitamin or mineral

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