mal·​ab·​sorp·​tion ˌma-ləb-ˈsȯrp-shən How to pronounce malabsorption (audio)
: faulty absorption especially of nutrient materials from the gastrointestinal tract

Examples of malabsorption in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a result, fats cannot be adequately broken down, leading to malabsorption issues and potential nutrient deficiencies. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 31 Aug. 2023 The calf was struggling with several serious health issues along with nutrient malabsorption, the center said. Aliza Chasan, CBS News, 13 Aug. 2023 Lactose intolerance is often hereditary and, according to a 2017 study across 89 countries, lactose malabsorption affects roughly 68% of the population. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 19 Aug. 2023 Dubrow — who is also board certified in general surgery — said the most common complications from bariatric surgery are those called malabsorption syndromes, where the patients are not absorbing the usual amounts of vitamins that would be absorbed through a regular diet. Vanessa Etienne, Peoplemag, 14 July 2023 This can happen because of inadequate dietary intake, malabsorption issues that come with diseases like irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease, or other medical conditions. Cori Ritchey, Men's Health, 13 June 2023 This is considered a sublingual supplement; these types of supplements have been shown to be as effective as intramuscular B12 injections for absorption.2 This form of delivery can also be helpful for people who have digestive or malabsorption issues. Isabel Vasquez Rd Ldn, Health, 30 May 2023 First, Crohn's disease can cause inflammation in the small intestine, which can lead to the malabsorption of nutrients like vitamin D. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 22 Apr. 2022 Additionally, women who have certain health conditions, such as gastrointestinal issues or malabsorption syndromes, may not be able to efficiently absorb folic acid from food or supplements. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 8 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1929, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of malabsorption was circa 1929

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“Malabsorption.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition


mal·​ab·​sorp·​tion ˌmal-əb-ˈsȯrp-shən, -ˈzȯrp- How to pronounce malabsorption (audio)
: faulty absorption of nutrient materials from the digestive tract

called also malassimilation

malabsorptive adjective

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