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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a program to help poor children suffering from malnutrition
Recent Examples on the Web As late as August 1918, most Americans still assumed the influenza was an overseas phenomenon, a complication of war-time malnutrition (pdf, p. 87). Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "How to communicate in a postmodern pandemic," 7 May 2020 The two men with malnutrition also carried pathogens linked to chronic diseases, according to a genetic analysis of the microbes preserved in their teeth. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "Three men were buried in Mexico 500 years ago. DNA and bones reveal their stories of enslavement," 30 Apr. 2020 Height, for example, is influenced by environmental factors like malnutrition. Nicholette Zeliadt, New York Times, "What Causes Autism?," 20 Apr. 2020 Tedros said that the organization is fighting many other public health battles beyond the coronavirus, including polio, measles, malaria, Ebola, HIV, tuberculosis, malnutrition, cancer, diabetes, and mental health issues. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "'We regret the decision of the president': WHO leader laments Trump move to pull funding," 15 Apr. 2020 Restricting major food groups and macronutrients can lead to nutritional deficiencies and malnutrition. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About the Dr. Sebi Diet, According to a Registered Dietitian," 17 Mar. 2020 Muir is probably most well-known for her podcast and her decision in 2017 to walk away from an elite marathon-running career due to her struggle with medical malnutrition. Pam Moore, Outside Online, "Why Altra Signing Two Pregnant Runners Is a Big Deal," 10 Feb. 2020 To solve issues like malnutrition for good, Njiru believes that Kenya needs to nurture the next generation of innovators. Milly Chan, CNN, "This Kenyan nutritionist is keeping schoolkids fed -- even during lockdown," 24 Apr. 2020 The public-health hazards of deepening unemployment and poverty—mental illness, suicide, addiction, malnutrition—are uncounted. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "The Price of the Coronavirus Pandemic," 13 Apr. 2020

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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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24 May 2020

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“Malnutrition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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 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


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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