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 The country is experiencing drought that has left some six million people facing acute food insecurity and 1.4 million children under the age of five with acute malnutrition, according to the United Nations. Nicholas Bariyo, WSJ, 15 May 2022 The percentage of children under 5 admitted with severe malnutrition nearly doubled to over 41 percent in October. NBC News, 11 June 2021 Often, the problem of malnutrition in the elderly is ignored because it is dismissed as a natural decline associated with aging. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, 5 May 2022 As with many of the other symptoms of celiac disease, these issues arise because of malnutrition. Eleesha Lockett, SELF, 3 May 2022 First, clearly delineate the problem that your bank’s community relations program is meant to solve, like homelessness, poor education, malnutrition, etc. Jeff Bradford, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 The war has settled into a stalemate while causing one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, with malnutrition, poverty and illnesses such as cholera afflicting large numbers of Yemenis. Brig. Ben Hubbard, New York Times, 25 Mar. 2022 These include malnutrition linked to crop failures and falling nutrient value of staple food, forced displacement due to drought and flooding, and exposure to deadly heat waves. Patrick Galey, NBC News, 28 Feb. 2022 Public health is our Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard in the war against disease, malnutrition, mental illness and so on. Joel Achenbach, Washington Post, 24 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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21 May 2022

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“Malnutrition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/malnutrition. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for malnutrition

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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