mi·​cro·​nu·​tri·​ent ˌmī-krō-ˈnü-trē-ənt How to pronounce micronutrient (audio)
: a chemical element or substance (such as calcium or vitamin C) that is essential in minute amounts to the growth and health of a living organism see trace element compare macronutrient

Examples of micronutrient in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This supports what a previous study suggested regarding patients' intake of a specific micronutrient—carotenoid. Lauren Manaker Ms, Rdn, Health, 28 Aug. 2023 These supplements provide important micronutrients and antioxidants with high bioavailability to maximize cellular resilience and the body's natural defenses. Jon Stojan, USA TODAY, 20 July 2023 In hot weather, some crops absorb less zinc, iron and other micronutrients. Apoorva Mandavilli, New York Times, 10 Aug. 2023 One research article said that diets low in fiber and micronutrients have been associated with more oral diseases in general. Amanda MacMillan, Health, 9 Mar. 2023 Under normal circumstances, the mother's diet may not have a major impact on these micronutrients. Sarah Cottrell, Parents, 26 July 2023 These micronutrients support our immune system, bone, brain, and thyroid health, promoting efficient energy metabolism and tissue formation.1 Quite possibly, the most appealing aspect of shrimp these days is its price, with the most affordable of varieties at just over $5 per pound. Christina Manian, Rdn, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 July 2023 Also, this micronutrient helps enhance your conjugal longevity too. Discover Magazine, 29 Apr. 2023 This micronutrient is available in pills, chewables, liquids, and more. Sarah Garone, Health, 28 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1939, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of micronutrient was in 1939

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“Micronutrient.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/micronutrient. Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition


mi·​cro·​nu·​tri·​ent -ˈn(y)ü-trē-ənt How to pronounce micronutrient (audio)
: a chemical element or substance (such as calcium or vitamin C) that is essential in minute amounts to growth and health see trace element compare macronutrient

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