malnourished

adjective
mal·​nour·​ished | \ ˌmal-ˈnər-isht How to pronounce malnourished (audio) , -ˈnə-risht \

Definition of malnourished

: supplied with less than the minimum or an unbalanced amount of the nutrients or foods essential for sound health and growth : marked by malnutrition When it comes to certain nutrients, in fact, an estimated 80 to 90 percent of obese individuals are malnourished.— Maria Konnikova especially : undernourished sense 1 How do you help malnourished children and assure that they won't go hungry again after you leave? — Melissa Hendricks Patients may become malnourished from being unable to take food by mouth … — Laura Landro

Examples of malnourished in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Neglected and malnourished horses seized from a Montville farm last year are up for adoption, state officials announced. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "Neglected horses seized from Connecticut farm are up for adoption," 19 Feb. 2021 Vaccinations were made compulsory in Japan after World War II as the U.S. military tried to suppress epidemics raging through a destitute and malnourished population. Washington Post, "Japan had ordered enough vaccines for the whole country. Now it has to overcome a history of vaccine mistrust.," 18 Dec. 2020 Since then, these researchers have been comparing the intervention with an existing supplement in a larger, 3-month trial of malnourished children. Science News Staff, Science | AAAS, "The science stories likely to make headlines in 2021," 31 Dec. 2020 The Gates Foundation recently purchased 20 scanners for screening purposes to look at infant asphyxia and brain development in malnourished children. Carolyn Barber, Scientific American, "An Emerging Tool for COVID Times: The Portable MRI," 12 Nov. 2020 Bites: For every This Saves Lives snack bar sold, a malnourished child gets a meal, distributed through hunger relief organizations. ExpressNews.com, "Express Briefing: Cornyn and Cruz stay true to party amid Trump’s election claims," 18 Nov. 2020 Police found two malnourished and dehydrated dogs inside the home at the time. Lauren Castle, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix man pleads guilty to manslaughter in malnutrition death of his 21-year-old daughter," 17 Nov. 2020 Europeans are back under lockdown as another virus surge threatens to overwhelm their hospitals, which even before the pandemic were sick and malnourished. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Europe’s Covid Hospital Lesson," 2 Nov. 2020 Measles mostly strikes children under five and can be fatal in those who are malnourished or have compromised immune systems. chicagotribune.com, "Number of children sickened by measles in 2019 the highest number in 23 years, according to new data," 12 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of malnourished

1911, in the meaning defined above

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“Malnourished.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/malnourished. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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malnourished

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of malnourished

: not eating enough food or not eating enough healthy food : poorly nourished

malnourished

adjective
mal·​nour·​ished | \ (ˈ)mal-ˈnər-isht, -ˈnə-risht How to pronounce malnourished (audio) \

Medical Definition of malnourished

: supplied with less than the minimum or an unbalanced amount of the nutrients or foods essential for sound health and growth : marked by malnutrition When it comes to certain nutrients, in fact, an estimated 80 to 90 percent of obese individuals are malnourished.— Maria Konnikova especially : undernourished How do you help malnourished children and assure that they won't go hungry again after you leave? — Melissa Hendricks Patients may become malnourished from being unable to take food by mouth … — Laura Landro

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