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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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 The worst conditions, where disease and malnutrition were most rampant, were on the handful of prison ships moored in Wallabout Bay, near what is now the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "‘Turn out your dead!’ In America’s War for Independence, POWs paid a terrible price.," 4 July 2018 His body showed signs of physical abuse and malnutrition, child welfare workers said, and his death was classified as suspicious. NBC News, "Man charged with killing boy, 10, who reportedly came out as gay," 28 June 2018 In the womb, babies with HI are at high risk for hypo- or hyperthermia, dehydration, respiratory distress, malnutrition, seizure, and other life-threatening complications. Amanda Macmillan,, "What Is Harlequin Ichthyosis? Mom Bathes Her Baby in Bleach Because of This Rare Genetic Disorder," 21 June 2018 In addition to treating the boys for potential dehydration, malnutrition and oxygen depravation, their doctors also plan to closely monitor them for symptoms of diseases that may have been transmitted by animals living in the cave system. Dina Fine Maron, Scientific American, "Rescued Thai Boys Being Watched for Illnesses Caught from Cave Animals," 10 July 2018 Her parents are models of achievement; her mother wrote her doctoral dissertation on infant malnutrition in rural Brazil, and her father is an economist who works on health policy in the developing world. Daphne Merkin, The New Republic, "How Leslie Jamison rejected the link between creativity and alcoholism," 5 July 2018 Court records added that doctors told police the child was suffering from malnutrition and only weighed 19 pounds. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "Records: Phoenix man left toddler alone in hot apartment, squalor," 28 June 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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