nu·tri·tion | \nu̇-ˈtri-shən, nyu̇- \

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, -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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And the nutrition program enacted by vice president of baseball operations Brady Anderson has also been important. Eduardo A. Encina,, "As Orioles work to trade closer Zach Britton, he's showing suitors he's only getting better," 14 July 2018 Many brands overdo it on sodium, so check the nutrition label. Sophia Gottfried, Time, "Is Hummus Actually Healthy? Here's What the Experts Say," 11 July 2018 The American Academy of Pediatrics doesn’t recommend the routine use of dietary supplements except in breastfed babies, says Steven Abrams, chairman of the AAP committee on nutrition. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "Do Dietary Supplements Help or Hurt Children?," 2 July 2018 But Nestle, the NYU public health expert, questioned the Trump White House's dismantling of the previous work on nutrition. The Washington Post,, "Trump, fast-food lover and exercise avoider, tells nation about importance of fitness," 30 May 2018 High school students will operate a farm business, create an edible garden and food pantry at their high school campus, and lead a mentoring program to teach elementary students lessons on nutrition and agriculture., "Portland-area schools win nearly $500,000 for school gardens, farm connections," 18 Jan. 2018 Instead of pointing a finger at the vast national inequities in housing, health care, nutrition, and education that rob people of color of good health, racial associations imagine race as an internal defect that drives health disparities. Jennifer W. Tsai, STAT, "You can’t tell a book by its cover — or a disease by Drake’s race," 11 July 2018 Proper nutrition for bone health is just one of the many ways to make a positive impact on recovery., "Feed your bones with these crucial foods," 1 Apr. 2018 Paradise Valley Emergency Food Bank $7,500 Funds will help provide food for the Backpack Feeding Program, providing nutrition to Title 1 students that might not otherwise get enough food on weekends. Grace Palmieri, azcentral, "Season for Sharing awards grants to 153 Arizona non-profits," 15 Mar. 2018

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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, 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 \

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 \ adjective
nutritionally \ \ adverb

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