kwashiorkor

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noun kwash·i·or·kor \ˌkwä-shē-ˈȯr-kər, -ȯr-ˈkȯr\

Definition of kwashiorkor

  1. :  severe malnutrition in infants and children especially of impoverished regions caused by a diet low in protein

Origin and Etymology of kwashiorkor

Ga (Kwa language of coastal Ghana) kwàṣìɔkɔ́ influence a child is said to be under when a second child comes


First Known Use: 1935


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kwashiorkor

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noun kwa·shi·or·kor \ˌkwäsh-ē-ˈȯr-kȯr, -ȯ(r)-ˈkȯr\

Medical Definition of kwashiorkor

  1. :  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


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