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

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Photos showed two pale, malnourished girls shackled to bunk beds. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Turpin sister's photos of shackled siblings draw gasps in court," 21 June 2018 One third of North Korea’s children are malnourished while the regime focuses resources on nuclear warheads, missiles and luxuries to keep the elites content. Greg Scarlatoiu, WSJ, "How Seoul Tacitly Endorses Pyongyang’s Brutality," 1 Oct. 2018 The patient, who was confined to a wheelchair due to the size of the tumor, was also extremely malnourished because of where the tumor was sitting. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "Woman's 132-pound ovarian tumor removed in 5-hour surgery," 2 Aug. 2018 Families from across the country pile into a clinic for malnourished children, setting aside the political and ethnic divides that have torn this new nation to shreds. Megan Specia And Kassie Bracken, New York Times, "In South Sudan, a Never-Ending Hunger Season Puts Millions in Danger," 30 May 2018 Since then, human rights groups have struggled to supply some of the most malnourished areas in the country with food and drinking water. Rick Noack, The Seattle Times, "85,000 children have starved to death during the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen, charity reports," 21 Nov. 2018 Food or drinks can wind up in the lungs due to impaired swallowing, leading to pneumonia, or a person may become dehydrated or malnourished. Korin Miller, SELF, "10 Facts About Alzheimer's Disease You Should Know," 28 Sep. 2018 Pride, for some like Sim, but bitterness among others who say they were beaten, battered and malnourished during intense training sessions that never seemed to end. Fox News, "Past goose-steppers proud of place in North Korean parades," 6 Sep. 2018 The main hospital in San’a, which has had to create a ward for malnourished children, can accept 20 children a day, U.N. officials said at the meeting. Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ, "Yemeni Government, Houthi Rebels Agree to Peace Talks, U.N. Says," 16 Nov. 2018

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1911, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of malnourished

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


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