nu·​tri·​tion | \ nu̇-ˈtri-shən How to pronounce nutrition (audio) , nyu̇- How to pronounce nutrition (audio) \

Definition of nutrition

1 : the act or process of nourishing or being nourished specifically : the sum of the processes by which an animal or plant takes in and utilizes food substances foods that are necessary for human nutrition
2 : nourishment sense 1 … get adequate nutrition both before and during the race.— John Hanc

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Other Words from nutrition

nutritional \ nu̇-​ˈtrish-​nəl How to pronounce nutritional (audio) , -​ˈtri-​shə-​nᵊl , nyu̇-​ \ adjective
nutritionally adverb

Examples of nutrition in a Sentence

The speaker discussed diet and nutrition with the class. good nutrition and proper exercise

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For example, protecting and restoring our mangrove coastal forests, which absorb carbon, can help slow warming, rebuild fish populations, protect epicenters of biodiversity and safeguard essential nutrition to vulnerable communities. CNN, "We're failing the world's oceans. Businesses can help save them," 14 June 2019 After all, glorifying one food over another (kale is king!) isn’t the way nutrition works. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The 4 Best Health Benefits of Kombucha, According to Registered Dietitians," 6 June 2019 SUBSCRIBE TODAY Honored to be selected to serve on @FitnessGov and help empower Americans to live healthy lives through physical fitness, sports, and good nutrition. Michael Mcgough, sacbee, "Lou Ferrigno, Mariano Rivera and a Sacramento-born golfer named to Trump sports council | The Sacramento Bee," 8 May 2018 Feeding children an egg a day could prevent stunting, a condition resulting from poor nutrition which hinders cognitive growth, learning, and economic potential, research shows. Thin Lei Win, The Christian Science Monitor, "Belgian artist helps Ethiopia engineer the perfect chicken," 26 Apr. 2018 Methodist Hospitals hosts farmer’s market Methodist Hospitals Food Services Department will offer a series of Farmer’s Markets to promote nutrition and enhance the availability of fresh produce to the Gary and surrounding communities. Post-tribune Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 6 June 2019 Making sure players practice proper nutrition is part of the athlete care. Keith Pompey,, "Doctors Daniel Medina and David T. Martin casualties of Sixers’ failed athlete care," 4 June 2019 The stores reduced space for things like seasonal merchandise in order to add community rooms that can be used for free chair yoga sessions or nutrition classes. Tom Murphy,, "CVS announces further expansion into health care services," 4 June 2019 Participants also receive free nutrition education and breastfeeding counseling support. Leada Gore |,, "New WIC income guidelines; more Alabamians may now be eligible," 3 June 2019

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First Known Use of nutrition

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nutrition

Middle English nutricioun, from Late Latin nutrition-, nutritio, from Latin nutrire

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English Language Learners Definition of nutrition

: the process of eating the right kind of food so you can grow properly and be healthy


nu·​tri·​tion | \ nu̇-ˈtri-shən How to pronounce nutrition (audio) , nyu̇-\

Kids Definition of nutrition

: the act or process of nourishing or being nourished : the processes by which a living thing takes in and uses nutrients


nu·​tri·​tion | \ n(y)u̇-ˈtrish-ən How to pronounce nutrition (audio) \

Medical Definition of nutrition

1 : the act or process of nourishing or being nourished specifically : the sum of the processes by which an animal or plant takes in and utilizes food substances

Other Words from nutrition

nutritional \ -​ˈtrish-​nəl, -​ən-​ᵊl How to pronounce nutritional (audio) \ adjective
nutritionally \ -​ē How to pronounce nutritionally (audio) \ adverb

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