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

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Examples of malnutrition in a Sentence

a program to help poor children suffering from malnutrition

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Food and toilet-paper shortages and malnutrition are getting the most attention. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Power and Money in Venezuela," 10 Feb. 2019 The problem, other analysts worry, is that giving Venezuela the designation means America will curtail its ability to help the millions of citizens suffering from disease and malnutrition under Maduro’s rule. Alex Ward, Vox, "The US may name Venezuela as a state sponsor of terrorism. Here’s why that could backfire.," 20 Nov. 2018 The cold seasons were hard on Neanderthal children, because both of the ones from Payre bear lasting traces of illness or malnutrition during their early years. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Neanderthal teeth reveal lead exposure and difficult winters," 31 Oct. 2018 The 13-year-old was taken to the hospital and treated for malnutrition. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Boy, 13, found naked, chained in Alabama home was forced to sleep in dog crate, officials say," 25 Sep. 2018 Critics call that an effort to mask a calamity marked by bread lines, spreading malnutrition, an economy that has shrunk in half over the last four years, and an exodus of millions of Venezuelans. Kejal Vyas, WSJ, "Venezuela’s Inflation Rate Surges Higher," 7 Nov. 2018 None of its doctors have been trained in treating malnutrition. Washington Post, "In Yemen, a mother’s quest to save her baby from starvation," 5 May 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 For cancer patients, a loss of appetite because of treatment side effects can lead to malnutrition, which lessens the body’s ability to fight disease. New York Times, "Cod and ‘Immune Broth’: California Tests Food as Medicine," 11 May 2018

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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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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 malnutritional (audio) \ adjective

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