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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Those who stayed were given little reason to believe that the election would improve a rotten political system, whose failures include a child-malnutrition rate that is among the world’s highest. The Economist, "Guatemala holds a dispiriting election," 22 June 2019 Yemen now has the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, the worst cholera outbreak in recorded history, and among the highest rates of child malnutrition. Robert F. Worth, The New York Review of Books, "Yemen Under Siege," 21 Feb. 2019 More than 10,000 people have been killed in the Yemen conflict, millions have been displaced and are at risk of acute hunger and malnutrition and one million have been infected with cholera. Rick Gladstone, New York Times, "Iran Violated Yemen Arms Embargo, U.N. Experts Say," 12 Jan. 2018 Except that here, the community is also burdened with high rates of malnutrition, disability, mental health problems, and despair. Gaia Vince, Quartz, "How to survive in the world’s largest refugee camp," 8 June 2019 Until the rebels surrendered in the spring, the residents suffered under food shortages, with cases of malnutrition reported. Bassem Mroue, Fox News, "In Damascus, Syrians dare to hope that war's end may be near," 23 July 2018 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

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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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