dietary

1 of 2

adjective

di·​e·​tary ˈdī-ə-ˌter-ē How to pronounce dietary (audio)
-ˌte-rē
: of or relating to a diet or to the rules of a diet
dietary guidelines
dietarily adverb

dietary

2 of 2

noun

plural dietaries
: the kinds and amounts of food available to or eaten by an individual, group, or population

Examples of dietary in a Sentence

Adjective Many of our patients have special dietary needs.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
These skills were then directed at dietary behaviors associated with lower blood pressure. Daphne Ewing-Chow, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 Their approach showed no significant demographic, dietary, funerary, or genetic similarities among the individuals interred with animals or animal parts — whether among those buried with pigs, cows, and chickens or those buried with dogs and horses. Sam Walters, Discover Magazine, 14 Feb. 2024 While inadequate bed space is a factor, the lack of staff at every level is even more significant: nurses, physicians, physician assistants, social workers, pharmacists, skilled technicians (lab, imaging, respiratory), housekeepers, transporters, security, unit clerks, dietary and many others. Dan Morhaim, Baltimore Sun, 12 Feb. 2024 However, offering very precise dietary advice can be tricky. Markham Heid, TIME, 9 Feb. 2024 According to a March 2019 JAMA study, having too much dietary cholesterol—including that from eating eggs—was correlated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. Ella Quittner, Health, 9 Feb. 2024 My guess is the taste has to do with dietary differences between the two segments of the Columbia population. M.d. Johnson, Field & Stream, 8 Feb. 2024 People using appetite suppressants are expected to change their dietary preferences in favor of lower-calorie alternatives that pack in more nutrients. Ryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 8 Feb. 2024 Don’t compromise on your health routine during travel and make this portable blender your companion for staying on track with your dietary goals. Jessica Copeland, Rolling Stone, 7 Feb. 2024
Noun
Make sure the delivery schedule is suited to your schedule. Flexibility: Choosing an organic meal delivery service means looking at two kinds of flexibility: scheduling and dietary. Pete Scherer, Peoplemag, 16 Feb. 2023 This natural food is uniquely formulated to provide whole-body dietary and nutritional support for adult dogs of all breeds and sizes. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 21 June 2022 These results can lead to life-altering dietary and lifestyle changes that may not even be necessary. Anokhi Saklecha, Discover Magazine, 14 Apr. 2022 But there’s also an ethical and behavioral component to fasting in Ramadan that stretches beyond the dietary. Zareen Syed, Chicago Tribune, 27 Apr. 2022 Staffing shortages have improved some, Anderson said, and the location has Kentucky National Guard members on hand helping in areas like transport and dietary. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, 28 Jan. 2022 Demographics may also play a role – differing dietary and lifestyle habits may make U.S. adults more prone to adverse health outcomes from eating eggs than people in Europe or China. Matthew Kadey Rd, Outside Online, 7 May 2021 All chicken and meat served at Cultura Subs is zabiha halal in accordance with Muslim dietary and meat preparation practices, Gonzalez said. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, 24 Dec. 2021 Leaders at AFT Connecticut, which represents about 7,500 nurses, patient care technicians, dietary and nutrition staff, phlebotomists and other health care workers, have reached out to hospital administrators to begin conversations. Jenna Carlesso, courant.com, 16 July 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1614, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1838, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dietary was in 1614

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Cite this Entry

“Dietary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dietary. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

dietary

adjective
di·​etary
ˈdī-ə-ˌter-ē
: of or relating to a diet or to the rules of diet

Medical Definition

dietary

1 of 2 noun
di·​etary ˈdī-ə-ˌter-ē How to pronounce dietary (audio)
plural dietaries
: the kinds and amounts of food available to or eaten by an individual, group, or population

dietary

2 of 2 adjective
: of or relating to a diet or to the rules of a diet
a dietary disease
dietary habits
dietarily adverb
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