nu·​tri·​ent | \ ˈnü-trē-ənt How to pronounce nutrient (audio) , ˈnyü- \

Definition of nutrient

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: furnishing nourishment



Definition of nutrient (Entry 2 of 2)

: a substance or ingredient that promotes growth, provides energy, and maintains life Tomatoes contain a lot of nutrients, among them vitamins C and B-complex and the minerals iron and potassium.Mayo Clinic Health Letter Most frugivores do not depend exclusively on fruits, because fruits tend to be deficient in certain nutrients such as protein, and because they are only seasonally available.— Robert Lee Smith Sandy soils need organic amendments to help them retain nutrients and water, which otherwise leach out quickly.Sunset

Synonyms & Antonyms for nutrient

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of nutrient in a Sentence

Adjective a breakfast drink enriched with nutrient proteins and vitamins Noun Fruits and vegetables have important nutrients. The soil is low in nutrients. You need more nutrients in your diet.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Extremely nutrient-rich, Japanese algae is amazing for encouraging a youthful complexion by increasing skin elasticity and reducing inflammation. The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 May 2022 Grow herbs in soil that isn’t too nutrient-rich, which might dilute their flavor or encourage diseases due to overly-abundant growth. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 4 May 2022 Grazing bison, and their piles of poop, fuel a cycle of nutrient rich soils and plants. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Apr. 2022 Hypoxic conditions sometimes plague enclosed seas and estuaries where nutrient pollution from fertilizer and wastewater runoff can feed blooms of algae. Julia Rosen, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Mar. 2022 Circulation-boosting maca is at the center of Horace’s hair serum, which improves nutrient delivery to the follicles while protein-powering peptides reinforce the hairs themselves. Adam Hurly, Robb Report, 15 Jan. 2022 Iceberg is famously derided for being among the least nutrient dense of lettuces with little, if any flavor. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 12 Jan. 2022 India Home also takes into account health issues that are common to seniors, using brown rice instead of white rice so the meals are more nutrient-dense. NBC News, 22 Dec. 2021 Hydroponics grows plants through a nutrient dense water system instead of in soil. Kaylee Staral, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Compost tumblers typically have relatively large capacities, take up a moderate amount of space, and can produce a significant amount of nutrient-dense compost for plants. Kylee Mcguigan, Popular Mechanics, 1 May 2022 Without healthy soil, farmers won't be able to grow nutrient-dense food to feed our growing population. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Apr. 2022 They can all be produced or harvested in relatively low-impact ways while providing nutrient density, according to the paper. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Mar. 2022 Focus on nutrient density and learn to cook for joy and variety. Mark Cucuzzella, Outside Online, 29 July 2019 The nutrient-rich oil strengthens strands, in turn preventing breakage and helping hair look fuller. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, 29 Apr. 2022 With this compact composting kit from Bokashi Living, your mom can easily turn all the food scraps and green waste into nutrient-rich soil. Noma Nazish, Forbes, 24 Apr. 2022 The menu of foods is meant to focus on healing from within, offering moms nutrient-rich offerings, as well as meals that promote milk production and boost energy. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 19 Apr. 2022 In truth, the insects were midges — tiny aquatic flies that occur in their greatest densities in nutrient-rich bodies of water. Christine Condon, Baltimore Sun, 18 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of nutrient


1650, in the meaning defined above


circa 1828, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nutrient


Latin nutrient-, nutriens, present participle of nutrire to nourish — more at nourish

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“Nutrient.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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nu·​tri·​ent | \ ˈnü-trē-ənt How to pronounce nutrient (audio) , ˈnyü- \

Kids Definition of nutrient

: a substance that is needed for healthy growth, development, and functioning Fruits and vegetables have important nutrients. Plants get nutrients from the soil.


nu·​tri·​ent | \ ˈn(y)ü-trē-ənt How to pronounce nutrient (audio) \

Medical Definition of nutrient

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: furnishing nourishment



Medical Definition of nutrient (Entry 2 of 2)

: a nutritive substance or ingredient

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