micronutrient

noun
mi·​cro·​nu·​tri·​ent | \ ˌmī-krō-ˈnü-trē-ənt How to pronounce micronutrient (audio) , -ˈnyü- \

Definition of micronutrient

: 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 Like all vitamins, D is an essential micronutrient, required in small quantities for normal cell function, growth and development. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Vitamin D doesn't prevent depression in older adults, large study finds," 4 Aug. 2020 Copper represents an essential micronutrient, but any extraordinary health benefits brought from drinking out of copper vessels are, at this point, rooted in anecdotes. Sarah Lynch, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Health benefits of drinking from copper cups needs more study," 9 July 2020 At his farm, fish emulsion is added to the irrigation water, providing beneficial micronutrients. Margaret Roach, New York Times, "How to Grow a Better Tomato," 12 May 2020 On the micronutrient scale, there are also a few standouts. Claire Maldarelli, Popular Science, "Is it possible to boost your immune system?," 7 Apr. 2020 While zinc, by far, has had the most promising studies done, other micronutrients have also shown to influence the immune system. Claire Maldarelli, Popular Science, "Is it possible to boost your immune system?," 7 Apr. 2020 Now, researchers have fortified corn grain and other staple foods with these essential micronutrients by encapsulating them in a biocompatible polymer. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: A love-science symbiosis, vitamin-fortified foods, and earthquake-scouting drones," 15 Nov. 2019 In addition to breaking down some of those big energy reserves inside the seed, the sprouting process may increase the micronutrient content of the grain. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Are Sprouted Grains Actually Healthier?," 18 Oct. 2019 Modern rice breeding is largely focused on enhancing grain yield, but numerous folk rice varieties contain various micronutrients that are absent from modern cultivars. Debal Deb, Scientific American, "The Struggle to Save Heirloom Rice in India," 16 Oct. 2019

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1939, in the meaning defined above

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“Micronutrient.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/micronutrient. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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micronutrient

noun
mi·​cro·​nu·​tri·​ent | \ -ˈn(y)ü-trē-ənt How to pronounce micronutrient (audio) \

Medical Definition of micronutrient

: 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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