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 Without an immediate humanitarian response, it is almost guaranteed that the numbers of malnourished children and mothers will increase and will affect generations to come, Osendarp said. Byjulia Jacobo, ABC News, 21 Apr. 2022 Seasonal harvests have hit their lowest in decades, malnourished children are filling hospitals, and many families are walking long distances to find help. Arkansas Online, 2 Apr. 2022 When the children were found in their Perris home, they were severely malnourished, and some showed signs of cognitive impairment and nerve damage. Gregory Yeestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2022 When the Red Army returned to Odesa in April, 1944, some of the rebel forces were still underground: pale, malnourished, but attempting to hold their city from below. Will Hunt, The New Yorker, 9 Apr. 2022 Because human food is nutrient deficient for wildlife, animals may become malnourished or die when fed human food. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 Apr. 2022 Phoenix first arrived at the rescue as a stray in November 2020, malnourished, covered in fleas, and missing fur. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, 4 Apr. 2022 One of Farjad's patients, 1-year-old Nasrin, is so severely malnourished she's spent almost half her life in hospital, said her father, Abdul Rauf, who works as a laborer. Anna Coren, CNN, 22 Dec. 2021 The parents of a severely malnourished 8-year-old who died last year at a New York hospital have been charged with murder in connection with his death, according to police. Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News, 22 Mar. 2022 See More

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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 16 May. 2022.

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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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