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 Many schools are shuttering in the once-prosperous nation as malnourished children and teachers abandon classrooms to scratch out a living on the streets or flee abroad. BostonGlobe.com, "On the other side of the capital, in the town of Rio Chico, most of the rooms in a local school are boarded up for lack of students and teachers. When the remaining pupils arrive, they first ask the whereabouts of the school’s cook, the teachers said.," 1 Dec. 2019 Many schools are shuttering in the once-wealthy nation as malnourished children and teachers who earn almost nothing abandon classrooms to scratch out a living on the streets or flee abroad. Anatoly Kurmanaev, New York Times, "Students Fainting From Hunger in Venezuela’s Failing School System," 30 Nov. 2019 Many still live in Venezuela, but are malnourished. The Economist, "Along with refugees, Venezuela is exporting criminals," 2 Nov. 2019 Most of its goats are malnourished and too scrawny to be used commercially for meat, animal feed is too expensive to maintain a sustainable business, and much of the soil is too depleted for trees to grow back. BostonGlobe.com, "Samothraki, in the northern Aegean Sea, is a two-hour ferry ride south of Alexandroupoli, a Greek city near the country’s border with Turkey.," 7 Oct. 2019 Most of its goats are malnourished and too scrawny to be used commercially for meat, animal feed is too expensive to maintain a sustainable business, and much of the soil is too depleted for trees to grow back. Iliana Mier, Los Angeles Times, "Tens of thousands of goats munch Greek island into crisis," 6 Oct. 2019 Medical examiners have yet to release the official cause of Hector Pizarro’s death, but an autopsy did reveal the teen was severely malnourished. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "Mom Brought Malnourished Teen Son Weighing 42 Lbs. Into Clinic, and Now She’s Charged," 10 Sep. 2019 In addition to being severely malnourished and dehydrated, the female feline had an infected abscess on a front leg joint. Kathleen Christiansen, orlandosentinel.com, "Adopt a Pet: Magnolia from Catapalooza. ‘She loves to cuddle, sit in your lap and snuggle’," 25 Nov. 2019 The family’s dog was also found in the truck, malnourished but alive. Harriet Sokmensuer, PEOPLE.com, "Notorious Small-Town Mysteries: Ex-Cheerleader Burns to Death, a Supermarket Slaying and More," 1 Nov. 2019

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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 17 Feb. 2020.

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malnourished

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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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