nutrient

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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective However, their lifespan can increase to several weeks in nutrient-rich environments. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Meet the xenobot: world's first living, self-healing robots created from frog stem cells," 13 Jan. 2020 But the soil was amazingly fertile and soon became a nutrient-rich laboratory to experiment with seeds collected on voyages all over the world. National Geographic, "Try the coveted wine that made this Portuguese island famous," 10 Jan. 2020 Supplement soil: Work some compost into the soil -- cabbages love nutrient-rich soil. oregonlive, "Hillsboro student wins $1,000 for growing monster cabbage, learning about nutrition, nurturing and worms," 10 Jan. 2020 Upwelling occurs when strong winds running parallel to the coast push surface waters away from the shore, drawing up cold, nutrient-rich waters from the deep ocean. Jeremy Goldbogen, The Conversation, "Why are whales big, but not bigger?," 12 Dec. 2019 The menu also includes trendy maple water, considered nutrient-rich and hydrating. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "New Lululemon MOA lifestyle store includes cafe," 25 Nov. 2019 Besides encouraging a healthful mix of nutrient-rich ingredients, people in the Mediterranean region view the preparation of food as one of life’s greatest pleasures. Barbara Quinn, chicagotribune.com, "Stay healthy with a Mediterranean cooking class," 21 Oct. 2019 The nutrient-rich soil now retains more water than ever. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "California farms, ranches strive to adapt as climate warms — it’s a matter of survival," 19 Sep. 2019 Wisconsin is already seeing it, LaLiberte said, as intense single-day rains produce more nutrient-rich runoff into bodies of water. Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "It's peak algae season. Here's what you should know about a toxic form, 'blue-green algae'," 19 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Powered by photosynthesis, these microorganisms absorb sunlight, nutrients, and carbon dioxide and spit out calcium carbonate—the rigid compound found in seashells and cement. Sophie Bushwick, Scientific American, "Bacteria-Filled Bricks Build Themselves," 15 Jan. 2020 But in the longer-term, nutrients contained in the ash—such as phosphorus and nitrogen—could stimulate the growth of blue-green algae, which sometimes produce toxic chemicals. Mike Cherney, WSJ, "Australia Rain Forecast Brings Hope of Fire Relief—and Threat to Water Supply," 15 Jan. 2020 Less soil means a lower capacity to store nutrients, water, and carbon. Dan Evans, Quartz, "Soil could solve climate change—if we save it," 29 Dec. 2019 This summer, Brandon Fishman, the founder of VitaCup, a startup that infuses coffee with vitamins and nutrients, saw a promising opportunity. Karen Weise, SFChronicle.com, "Prime power: How Amazon squeezes the businesses behind its store," 28 Dec. 2019 Healthy, mature forests support a broad variety of lifeforms, giving and taking nutrients, habitat, and shade. Isabella Kaminski, Wired, "We Might Not Be Planting the Right Kinds of Forests," 25 Dec. 2019 Healthy hair requires adequate nutrients, especially things like vitamin D and biotin (vitamin B7). Dina Cheney, SELF, "8 Ways to Make Thinning Hair Shiny and Full Again," 13 Dec. 2019 Meanwhile, key nutrients, especially iron, flow into the Sea of Okhotsk from Russia’s Amur River. Author: Simon Denyer, Chris Mooney, Anchorage Daily News, "The climate chain reaction that threatens the heart of the Pacific," 13 Nov. 2019 When certain conditions occur — increased nutrients, warm water, and low water flow — certain types of algae can grow in excess, the division said. Katie Rice, orlandosentinel.com, "Avoid Lake Silver after algae bloom, Orlando officials say," 6 Nov. 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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17 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Nutrient.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nutrient. Accessed 29 January 2020.

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More Definitions for nutrient

nutrient

noun

English Language Learners Definition of nutrient

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

nutrient

noun
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.

nutrient

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

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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