mal·​nour·​ished | \ˌmal-ˈnər-isht, -ˈnə-risht\

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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 At least half of all children under five years of age — about 770,000 of them — in that region are suffering from acute malnutrition, including 400,000 young people who are severely malnourished and at risk of death. Nick Turse, Teen Vogue, "The Democratic Republic of Congo Has Humanitarian Crises Leaving Millions of Children In Danger," 14 Nov. 2018 Almost half of Guatemalan children under age 5 suffer malnutrition, and 23 percent are severely malnourished. Maria Verza, The Seattle Times, "Poverty, unemployment, violence drive Guatemalan emigration," 26 Oct. 2018 Physicians can then take steps to address these vulnerabilities such as prescribing physical therapy for an older patient with muscle weakness or ordering a nutritional consultation for someone who has become malnourished. Judith Graham, Washington Post, "Geriatric Assessments Could Fine-Tune Cancer Care For Older Adults," 28 June 2018 One-third of the country’s 400,000 severely malnourished children live in Al Hudaydah Province, Mr. Diab said. New York Times, "Battle Intensifies for Yemeni Port as Dock Workers Still Unload Aid," 19 June 2018 But the hungry, malnourished children only get the food if Messi & Neymar have a good World Cup?!?!? Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "MasterCard scraps World Cup meal-donation campaign after outrage," 6 June 2018 The high-profile case started in November 2016, when Child Protective Services removed the seven malnourished children from the upscale Long Meadow Farms subdivision home that Sinclair shared with Richardson. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend woman sentenced to 35 years for abusing 7 special-needs kids left in squalid room," 11 Mar. 2018 Allegedly held captive in an intensifying cycle of abuse, most of David and Louise Turpin’s children were severely malnourished when police discovered them in squalid conditions on Jan. 14, according to prosecutors. Kc Baker,, "How House of Horrors Siblings Are Enjoying Life After Alleged Captivity and ‘Just Want to Move On’," 17 Apr. 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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