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nutrient

adjective nu·tri·ent \ ˈnü-trē-ənt , ˈnyü- \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of nutrient

: furnishing nourishment

Examples of nutrient in a Sentence

  1. a breakfast drink enriched with nutrient proteins and vitamins

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Origin and Etymology of nutrient

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

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nutrient

noun

Definition of nutrient

: 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

Examples of nutrient in a Sentence

  1. Fruits and vegetables have important nutrients.

  2. The soil is low in nutrients.

  3. You need more nutrients in your diet.

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First Known Use of nutrient

circa 1828

in the meaning defined above

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NUTRIENT Defined for English Language Learners

nutrient

Definition of nutrient for English Language Learners

  • : a substance that plants, animals, and people need to live and grow


NUTRIENT Defined for Kids

nutrient

noun nu·tri·ent \ ˈnü-trē-ənt , ˈnyü- \

Definition of nutrient for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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nutrient

adjective nu·tri·ent \ ˈn(y)ü-trē-ənt \

medical Definition of nutrient

: furnishing nourishment

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nutrient

noun

medical Definition of nutrient

: a nutritive substance or ingredient


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