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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The company has also put more emphasis on sustainability, launching projects in areas including nutrition, gender equality and plastic packaging. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, "Unilever Names New CEO as Big Brands Regroup, Tackling Consumer Shift," 29 Nov. 2018 Getting proper sleep, adequate nutrition, and regular exercise can all help keep your immune system strong. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "The 2019 Flu Season May Be as Deadly as 2018's — Here's How to Prepare Yourself," 3 Oct. 2018 Young people can also suffer lasting health problems from disruptions to nutrition, housing, health care, and family life. Julia Belluz, Vox, "The Trump administration’s attack on children’s health protections," 27 Sep. 2018 Students gain lessons about biology and nutrition, and DeWitt Clinton High has incorporated farm work into AP courses. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How urban farms in New York schools are raising food to fight inequality," 27 Sep. 2018 The pipeline continues with the lack of tutoring programs, counseling services, college access programs, after-school programs, healthcare, proper nutrition, and other support services that would assist students who are falling behind. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "TEACHING FOR BLACK LIVES," 10 July 2018 The entire budget, which includes spending for capital projects, school nutrition and other costs, is about $1.7 billion. Eric Stirgus, ajc, "Fulton County school board approves budget, creates school safety advisory committee," 29 June 2018 Athletes will learn about topics like nutrition, dental care, stress management and can even have their eyesight checked. Adesuwa Agbonile, sacbee, "Built on volunteer efforts, Special Olympics bring smiles and empowerment to UC Davis," 22 June 2018 Allergies, nutrition, stress, nerve conditions, and reactions to many common drugs can all be root causes. National Geographic, "Think Your Body Is Infested With Insects? You're Not Alone.," 22 June 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 \-​ē \ adverb

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