nutrient

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

Definition of nutrient

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: 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

The brains, removed from animals that died in food-processing facilities, were hooked up to a system built by scientists at Yale University that pumped a nutrient-rich fluid through the organ for several hours. Daniela Hernandez, WSJ, "Scientists Restore Some Brain Function After Death in Animal Experiments," 17 Apr. 2019 One of the world’s most nutrient-dense plants and the source of long chain omega-3s, certain algae species are now being specifically cultivated for the purpose of creating dietary supplements. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "The One Nutrient You Probably Aren't Getting Enough Of, According to a Nutritionist," 15 Apr. 2019 Some orthorexics begin taking large amounts of supplements, powders, and probiotics to make their food even more nutrient-dense; others stop going out socially. Jancee Dunn, Vogue, "Is Othorexia the Eating Disorder for the Digital Age?," 14 Dec. 2018 The traditional Muckleshoot food system was incredibly nutrient-dense compared to what's available in a supermarket. Sandy M. Fernandez, Woman's Day, "How Three Women Are Pioneering to End Hunger in the U.S.," 14 Nov. 2018 DAILY DOSE Doctors recommend these nutrient-dense foods to help facilitate mental health. Kathleen Squires, WSJ, "Feed Your Head: Foods That Target Depression and Anxiety," 26 July 2018 But populations proliferate rapidly in warm, slow-moving, nutrient rich waters, leading to thick blankets of algae that can spread across waterways. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "A Toxic Algal Bloom Is Spreading in Florida’s Waterways," 10 July 2018 There are many steps that go into creating a successful garden, but none is as critical as establishing and maintaining healthy, nutrient-rich soil. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make Compost," 4 Jan. 2019 Moving around the nutrient-dense lake water, fouled by runoff from septic tanks, ranches and sugar farms, is something like a game of hot potato. Alex Harris, miamiherald, "Army Corps can’t promise 2016’s algae blooms won’t return, but this strategy may help," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Potassium-Rich Picks The above foods are also high in fiber—along with whole grains—another key nutrient for heart health. Marygrace Taylor, Woman's Day, "4 Heart-Healthy Diet Changes Every Woman Should Make," 1 May 2019 Something was wrong with Florio’s placenta, and Connor hadn’t been receiving enough nutrients to grow at a normal rate. Cathy Free, The Seattle Times, "Baby born last year weighing less than a soda can heads home for the first time," 12 Apr. 2019 The virus, according to the report, can infect the layer of cells in the placenta that's responsible for delivering nutrients to the fetus. Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "Rift Valley Fever Could Be the Next Global Health Crisis For Pregnant Women," 10 Jan. 2019 Some of Caal Maquin’s symptoms — especially the vomiting — are consistent with severe dehydration, which can’t be fixed simply by drinking water without additional nutrients included. Dara Lind, Vox, "The death of 7-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin in Border Patrol custody isn’t an isolated outrage," 18 Dec. 2018 Instead, stock up on these key ingredients to make thrifty dishes that are packed with nutrients. Joy Bauer, Ms, Woman's Day, "Nutrition Expert Joy Bauer's Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget," 23 Jan. 2019 Packed with nutrients and endlessly, easily customizable, grain bowls are having a moment for a reason. Carrie Dennett, The Seattle Times, "Grain bowls are trending. Here’s how to make your own.," 28 Nov. 2018 Many consumers don’t have a problem with eating fish, which gets rave reviews from doctors and nutritionists for being relatively low in fat while loaded with nutrients, including vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids. Anne Marie Chaker, WSJ, "Fish: The Final Frontier in Fake Meat," 15 Oct. 2018 Each of the drinks below is a feast for the senses, and packed with nutrients and antioxidants. Health.com, "6 Mocktail Recipes That Make Happy Hour Way Healthier," 12 July 2018

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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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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

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: furnishing nourishment

nutrient

noun

Medical Definition of nutrient (Entry 2 of 2)

: a nutritive substance or ingredient

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