mal·​ab·​sorp·​tion | \ ˌma-ləb-ˈsȯrp-shən How to pronounce malabsorption (audio) , -ˈzȯrp-\

Definition of malabsorption

: faulty absorption especially of nutrient materials from the gastrointestinal tract

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The major cited downside to phytates is micronutrient malabsorption. Katherine Pett, SELF, "Why Are People Suddenly Saying That Whole Grains Are Bad for Your Gut?," 9 May 2018 However, in industrialized nations, with a plentiful and diverse food supply, as well as food fortification, mineral malabsorption from phytates is much less of a problem. Katherine Pett, SELF, "Why Are People Suddenly Saying That Whole Grains Are Bad for Your Gut?," 9 May 2018 Fructose malabsorption, which is different from hereditary fructose intolerance, can also be diagnosed with a breath hydrogen test performed by your doctor. Rosa Heyman, Redbook, "9 Things That Are Keeping You Bloated," 21 Aug. 2014 The damage to the intestines causes malabsorption, potentially cancer and other health issues and is a lifelong issue. Hannah Drown,, "How many people really need to avoid gluten in their diet?," 3 Apr. 2018 Those taking metformin for type II diabetes may have malabsorption of vitamin B12, though the evidence has been inconsistent on this. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Supplements are a $30 billion racket—here’s what experts actually recommend," 20 Feb. 2018 Those extra enzymes may also help prevent food malabsorption and leaky gut, in which food particles and/or microbes make their way out of the intestines and into the bloodstream, causing inflammation. NBC News, "Why you should be eating more bitter foods," 22 Dec. 2017 That, in turn, leads to the common signs and symptoms of celiac, such as diarrhea, abdominal bloating, malabsorption of nutrients, and weight loss. Amy Capetta, SELF, "Mandy Moore Had an Upper Endoscopy to Test for Celiac Disease," 10 Oct. 2017 The damage to the intestines causes malabsorption, potentially cancer and other health issues. Marc Bona,, "WTAM 5-minute beer podcast: Oktoberfest, beer, Browns food, more (podcast)," 6 Sep. 2017

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circa 1929, in the meaning defined above

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mal·​ab·​sorp·​tion | \ ˌmal-əb-ˈsȯrp-shən, -ˈzȯrp- How to pronounce malabsorption (audio) \

Medical Definition of malabsorption

: faulty absorption of nutrient materials from the digestive tract

called also malassimilation

Other Words from malabsorption

malabsorptive \ -​tiv How to pronounce malabsorptive (audio) \ adjective

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