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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms & Antonyms for nutrient

Synonyms: Adjective

nourishing, nutritional, nutritious, nutritive

Antonyms: Adjective

nonnutritious, nonnutritive

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Apply an insecticide and minor nutrient spray to citrus trees at each flush of new growth. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "July in the garden," 30 June 2018 But the heavy rain made the releases of the nutrient-laced waters to the coasts inescapable. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Massive and toxic algae bloom threatens Florida coasts with another lost summer," 29 June 2018 Their colonies, which broke down faster than city and village colonies, also had fewer nutrient reserves. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "Bumblebees Thrive in the City but Struggle on the Farm," 27 June 2018 Kevin's research uses cell, animal, and human feeding experiments to better understand human nutrient requirements. Kevin Klatt, SELF, "Why Weight Loss Diets Fail," 26 June 2018 Inulin also helps prevent constipation, improve blood sugar regulation, boost nutrient absorption, and support healthy bone density. Health.com, "6 Health Benefits of Onions," 22 June 2018 The higher the nutrient density, the shorter the shelf life. Hang Nguyen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Urban Remedy, the health-conscious Bay Area eatery, expands into San Diego County," 29 May 2018 Also trying mixing spirits with flavored sparkling water like La Croix or kombucha for an extra nutrient boost. Kimberly Mugler, Philly.com, "Dos and donts of drinking alcohol on paleo, keto diets," 26 May 2018 The Lowveld already has nutrient-poor soil, and deficient plants can make for poor sustenance for animals, which can push these deficiencies up the food chain from grass-grazing species like buffalo to apex predators like lions. Elaina Zachos, National Geographic, "Exclusive: Fatal Disease Likely Found in Lion Cubs for First Time," 11 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But like the nutrients swirled into every batch of Slop, there’s some benefit to be extracted by watching the Houseguests kick each other out. Michael Andor Brodeur, BostonGlobe.com, "Cleaning house at ‘Big Brother’," 5 July 2018 Still, the nutrients in these berries support immune-system health and may curb the risk of heart disease. Alexandra Sifferlin, Time, "11 Best Foods For Your Immune System," 19 June 2018 Its five businesses span food products such as Uncle Ben’s rice, drinks, petcare, as well as a division that researches nutrients in cocoa known as flavanols. Fortune, "How the World's Largest Chocolate Maker Is Spending $1 Billion to Fight Climate Change," 5 June 2018 Your liquid fertilizer also contains mineral salts, that is, the nutrients. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, "Browning spider plant could be fertilizer scorched," 25 May 2018 Your body uses the nutrients from your meal or snack to build muscle for somewhere around four to five hours, says Brad Schoenfeld, assistant professor in exercise science at Lehman College. Sara Angle, Outside Online, "Here's When You Should Eat Protein," 16 May 2018 In fact, for a man like Trump, who's mentally stuck in the late ’80s, draws nutrients in equal measure from Big Macs and reality TV, and wilts under any amount of sunlight, finding a lawyer like Michael Cohen must have felt like divine intervention. Luke Darby, GQ, "Michael Cohen’s One-Way Train to Screwsville Keeps Rolling On," 2 May 2018 Make sure the soil has the nutrients those seedlings will need. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Waiting is over; plant your tomatoes now | The Sacramento Bee," 27 Apr. 2018 Important nutrients in mushrooms include selenium, vitamin D, glutathione and ergothioneine. Robert Beelman, CNN, "The humble mushroom is the newest superfood," 25 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'nutrient.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about nutrient

Statistics for nutrient

Last Updated

10 Oct 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for nutrient

The first known use of nutrient was in 1650

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for nutrient

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on nutrient

What made you want to look up nutrient? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a state of commotion or excitement

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!