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 Another major factor is nutrient runoff — wastewater, fertilizer, and other materials that make their way to the ocean and feed algae blooms that create a vicious cycle. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "As the oceans become more acidic, threat to sealife and industry grows, new study finds," 9 Feb. 2021 Overall, comparing the benefits to the drawbacks, anti-nutrient pros actually outweigh the cons. Jill Joyce, The Conversation, "Anti-nutrients – they’re part of a normal diet and not as scary as they sound," 12 Jan. 2021 Included in the elixir are nine nutrient dense oils including bakuchiol (a retinol alternative), an organic amla (a vitamin C superfood), and a vitamin A-rich cacay. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Gwyneth Paltrow Launches the Latest Goop Product In the Most Relatable Way Possible," 4 Jan. 2021 Here is an excellent diagnostic tool for citrus, which includes nutrient deficiency symptoms. oregonlive, "Nutrients from fallen leaves help soil, but can also hosts pests: Ask an expert," 5 Dec. 2020 Domoic acid is a neurotoxin that can be produced by several species of Pseudo-nitzschia, a microalgae that flourishes in nutrient rich warm water and low wind. Tom Mcnamara, Popular Science, "Here’s the real story behind Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’," 3 Dec. 2020 Plants will show stress and even nutrient deficiency not from nutrients lacking in the soil, but rather from roots that can’t function properly. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, "Garden Q&A: Caterpillar droppings and reestablishing a new shrub," 8 Oct. 2020 To get a snapshot of what’s going on inside your body, Baze then analyzes your blood and produces a nutrient report with a curated selection of vitamins. Dianna Mazzone, Allure, "How All Those Personalized Vitamin and Supplement Services Work," 18 Aug. 2020 Be sure to fill it with nutrient-rich potting soil; a handful of compost on the surface also works wonders. cleveland, "Fresh, flavorful herbs are always at the ready in a kitchen garden," 1 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Today, colonies of Archaea cluster around similarly nutrient-rich vents on the seafloor. Nikk Ogasa, ABC News, "Acidic volcanic lakes may have harbored early life," 31 Jan. 2021 When those animals die or move on, the carp rule the muddy, nutrient-rich and predator-free waters that are ideal for their offspring. Greg Stanley, Star Tribune, "Corn, conveyor belts and a virus show promise in removing invasive carp from Minnesota waters," 30 Jan. 2021 Aeroponic production does not involve a growing medium; instead, roots dangle in the open air and are misted with nutrient-rich water. Los Angeles Times, "Growing food without dirt? Yes, you should try it at home," 21 Jan. 2021 Her book includes 60 nutrient-dense recipes, many built on easy-to-find ingredients that are both healthy and affordable. oregonlive, "Portland nutritionist says skip resolutions, focus on mindful eating instead," 5 Jan. 2021 Tired of trading tasty, nutrient-dense meals for bland or high-calorie ones? Lesley Kennedy, CNN Underscored, "Meal delivery services that make healthy eating easy — and delicious," 5 Jan. 2021 The Live with Kelly and Ryan host, 50, opens up in the foreword for Dr. Daryl Gioffre's new book Get Off Your Sugar, which focuses on adding nutrient-dense foods to one's diet to help kick sugar addiction, as opposed to taking things away. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Kelly Ripa Admits She Used to Be a Sugar Addict with a 'Candy Drawer': It Was My 'Vice'," 5 Jan. 2021 And for those 12 months through older adulthood, follow a healthy dietary pattern across the life span to meet nutrient needs. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "New US dietary guidelines include babies and toddlers for first time," 29 Dec. 2020 But apatite, a mineral present in abundance on Mars, contains phosphorus, an important nutrient for agriculture. David W. Brown, WSJ, "For NASA, It Should Be Mars or Bust," 18 Dec. 2020

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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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18 Feb 2021

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“Nutrient.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nutrient. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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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

 (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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