mal·​nu·​tri·​tion | \ˌmal-nu̇-ˈtri-shən, -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

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Many women need this option because of malnutrition and poverty. Jen Gann, The Cut, "Trump Would Love to Declare a Mommy War," 10 July 2018 Specifically, severe caloric malnutrition associated with muscle wasting. Dipesh Navsaria, Houston Chronicle, "What parents should know to prevent — and deal with — bug bites," 6 July 2018 Their son, Lamont Findley, died Jan. 22, 2017, of malnutrition and dehydration due to child neglect. Marisa Kwiatkowski, Indianapolis Star, "DCS records: Father of 'grossly malnourished' 1-month-old had child welfare history," 4 June 2018 Warren Mayor Jim Fouts said Tuesday that some of the children suffered from malnutrition and were grossly underweight. Fox News, "11 children sickened at Detroit-area home; baby hospitalized," 8 May 2018 This year is expected to be the worst yet for food security, with millions potentially facing acute malnutrition. Megan Specia, New York Times, "Warring Leaders of South Sudan Meet for Peace Talks," 21 June 2018 In Venezuela, where many children are now suffering from severe malnutrition, milk can be a priceless gift. Eduard Freisler, miamiherald, "Venezuelan farms have begun feeding their workers — so they don't faint from hunger | Miami Herald," 16 Apr. 2018 Related Helen Keller International combats the causes and consequences of blindness and malnutrition by establishing programs based on evidence and research in vision, health and nutrition, according to its website. Atlanta Life, ajc, "Derreck Kayongo joins board of Helen Keller International," 4 Apr. 2018 El Nacional has remained unbowed, running allegations of electoral fraud, images of protests, and reports on crumbling hospitals and malnutrition, the products of a severe economic crisis. Washington Post,, "As it slides toward authoritarianism, Venezuela targets one of its last independent newspapers," 6 July 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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English Language Learners Definition of malnutrition

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


mal·​nu·​tri·​tion | \ˌmal-nu̇-ˈtri-shən, -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


mal·​nu·​tri·​tion | \ˌmal-n(y)u̇-ˈtrish-ən \

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 \ adjective

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