malnutrition

noun
mal·​nu·​tri·​tion | \ ˌmal-nu̇-ˈtri-shən How to pronounce malnutrition (audio) , -nyu̇- \

Definition of malnutrition

: faulty nutrition due to inadequate or unbalanced intake of nutrients or their impaired assimilation or utilization

Examples of malnutrition in a Sentence

a program to help poor children suffering from malnutrition
Recent Examples on the Web William Babcock; and Navyn Salem, founder and CEO of Edesia, a nonprofit that treats and prevents malnutrition in developing countries, will also receive honorary degrees. BostonGlobe.com, "Doctor who exposed Flint water crisis to address URI grads," 1 Apr. 2021 These women often face a greater risk of violence and malnutrition. Mona Andrews, Forbes, "Women, Poverty And Opportunity," 12 Apr. 2021 To combat malnutrition, health clinics often administer prepackaged, ready-to-use supplementary food (RUSF), which is easy to store and turns into goo after kneading. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Food supplements that alter gut bacteria could ‘cure’ malnutrition," 7 Apr. 2021 These declines were repeated throughout Bangladesh and Nepal, where the number of children who received treatment for severe acute malnutrition plunged by more than 80% after the pandemic hit, the report said. Krishna Pokharel, WSJ, "Covid-19 Restrictions May Have Led to Rise in Child Deaths in South Asia," 17 Mar. 2021 The ward is full of children suffering from malnutrition, including babies just weeks old. Alex Platt And Mark Baron, CNN, "Famine has arrived in pockets of Yemen. Saudi ships blocking fuel aren't helping," 10 Mar. 2021 Her five-month investigation and photo essay exposing that hundreds of children had died from severe malnutrition in public hospitals in Venezuela was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography in 2018. New York Times, "Life, Death and Grief in Los Angeles," 2 Mar. 2021 The document said that 2.3 million children under the age of 5 would suffer from acute malnutrition unless widespread international aid can be distributed. Trey Yingst, Fox News, "New UN report warns millions of children to suffer from malnutrition in Yemen," 19 Feb. 2021 Armed conflicts cause malnutrition, poor pest control, and sanitation problems; even the soil often becomes contaminated. Jerome Groopman, The New Yorker, "The Politics of Stopping Pandemics," 29 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of malnutrition

1862, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of malnutrition was in 1862

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9 May 2021

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“Malnutrition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/malnutrition. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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malnutrition

noun

English Language Learners Definition of malnutrition

: the unhealthy condition that results from not eating enough food or not eating enough healthy food : poor nutrition

malnutrition

noun
mal·​nu·​tri·​tion | \ ˌmal-nu̇-ˈtri-shən How to pronounce malnutrition (audio) , -nyu̇- \

Kids Definition of malnutrition

: a condition of weakness and poor health that results from not eating enough food or from eating food without the proper nutrients

malnutrition

noun
mal·​nu·​tri·​tion | \ ˌmal-n(y)u̇-ˈtrish-ən How to pronounce malnutrition (audio) \

Medical Definition of malnutrition

: faulty nutrition due to inadequate or unbalanced intake of nutrients or their impaired assimilation or utilization

Other Words from malnutrition

malnutritional \ -​ᵊl How to pronounce malnutrition (audio) \ adjective

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