nu·​tri·​ment | \ ˈnü-trə-mənt How to pronounce nutriment (audio) , ˈnyü- \

Definition of nutriment

: something that nourishes : nutrient Fewer nutriments are lost in steaming than in boiling, and color retention is better.Cook's … the only bird in eastern North America that uses sap as a significant source of nutriment.— Kathy Piper

Examples of nutriment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The rich nutriments that are part of the marine ecosystem provide a host of habitats and opportunity for sea life. Erika I. Ritchie, Orange County Register, "Orange County photographers capture the beauty – and importance – of the ocean," 5 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of nutriment

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nutriment

Middle English, from Latin nutrimentum, from nutrire

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“Nutriment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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nu·​tri·​ment | \ ˈnü-trə-mənt How to pronounce nutriment (audio) , ˈnyü- \

Kids Definition of nutriment

: something that nourishes


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Medical Definition of nutriment

: something that nourishes or promotes growth, provides energy, repairs body tissues, and maintains life

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