nutrient

adjective
nu·​tri·​ent | \ ˈnü-trē-ənt, ˈnyü-\

Definition of nutrient

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: furnishing nourishment

nutrient

noun

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for nutrient

Synonyms: Adjective

nourishing, nutritional, nutritious, nutritive

Antonyms: Adjective

nonnutritious, nonnutritive

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Cabbage may have the upper hand in terms nutrient density though. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Fact: Cabbage Packs the Same Nutritional Benefits as Kale," 7 Jan. 2019 This nutrient makes your poop softer and easier to expel. Korin Miller, SELF, "6 Gastrointestinal Issues That Can Affect You During Pregnancy," 14 Dec. 2018 Blending retains the fiber — a beneficial nutrient that’s removed from juice. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "Healthy eating mistakes that are interfering with your weight loss goals," 5 July 2018 The women of the 2018 Woman's Day Live Longer and Stronger Challenge are shedding pounds by substituting processed, starchy ingredients with nutrient-rich alternatives. Isabel Garcia, Woman's Day, "The Recipe That Helped Me Finally Lose Weight," 8 Nov. 2018 Next, a vial of blood is sent to a lab to check hormone and nutrient levels ($100 and up, depending on insurance). Jessica Chia, Allure, "The Best Hair Loss Treatments for Every Budget," 15 Oct. 2018 The group also says that multivitamins help low-income Americans combat insufficient nutrient levels for less than a dime a day. CBS News, "Multivitamins a waste of money for heart health, researchers say," 10 July 2018 Algae blooms occur when nutrient levels in a body of water are too high, White Lake officials said in a statement on the town's website this week. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "Chemical didn't kill fish in eastern NC lake. Another culprit did, state says | Charlotte Observer," 16 May 2018 Over the past several years there have been numerous articles published about declining nutrient levels in foods — even home-grown — blaming new varieties or synthetic fertilizers. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Save yourself some work in your garden and with your lawn this year | Idaho Statesman," 2 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

When this time comes, the physical world will be replaced by a virtual one… and everyone will live in individual Life Pods™, where all our basic biological needs will be taken care of: nutrients and water and oxygen in, waste and CO2 out. Steve Brykman, Ars Technica, "Forget Fortnite—my son is still obsessed with Minecraft," 16 Dec. 2018 The improved circulation means more nutrients and oxygen reach your tissues, and your skin looks all the more radiant because of it. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Received an Infrared Sauna for Her Birthday," 13 Nov. 2018 Other tasks for Zabel included looking at the quality of the harvest, picking up microbiological samples and checking on the systems (light, temperature regulation, and air supply enriched by nutrients and carbon dioxide). Elizabeth Howell, Space.com, "Antarctica Greenhouse Produces Cucumbers, Tomatoes and More in Mars-Like Test," 24 Sep. 2018 Keep the area weeded to reduce competition for nutrients and water and to promote better air circulation, which helps with disease control. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "How to Grow Pumpkins," 11 July 2018 These trenches hold on to nutrients and moisture—and when the weather gets scorching, plants draw on the deeper topsoil for sustenance. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "A Heat Wave is Revealing Centuries-Old Sites in Wales," 11 July 2018 Both watersheds are on Indiana Department of Environmental Management's list of impaired waterways, due to high levels of nutrients and sediment. Emily Hopkins, Indianapolis Star, "In Hendricks County, Ronald Reagan Parkway extension pits science against growth," 9 July 2018 The green tea powder contains a high amount of nutrients and antioxidants along with a low level of caffeine. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Healing Butterfly spices up matcha with tasty flavors," 4 June 2018 Probiotics are meant to encourage diversity in the microbiota populating the intestine, which helps to process the nutrients in food. Mackenzie Wagoner, Vogue, "What’s the Best Way to Cleanse? A Guide to Detoxing in 2019," 1 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of nutrient

Adjective

1650, in the meaning defined above

Noun

circa 1828, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nutrient

Adjective

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

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The first known use of nutrient was in 1650

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nutrient

noun

English Language Learners Definition of nutrient

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

nutrient

noun
nu·​tri·​ent | \ ˈnü-trē-ənt, 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.

nutrient

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

Medical Definition of nutrient

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: furnishing nourishment

nutrient

noun

Medical Definition of nutrient (Entry 2 of 2)

: a nutritive substance or ingredient

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