nutrition

noun
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 nutrition (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
Recent Examples on the Web That’s why the American Rescue Plan is delivering food and nutrition assistance to millions of Americans facing hunger – and hunger is down sharply already. Tim Darnell, ajc, "READ: Full text of President Joe Biden’s first speech before Congress," 29 Apr. 2021 That’s why the American Rescue Plan is delivering food and nutrition assistance to millions of Americans facing hunger – and hunger is down sharply already. USA TODAY, "Read the full transcript from President Joe Biden's address to a joint session of Congress," 29 Apr. 2021 That's why the American Rescue Plan is delivering food and nutrition assistance to millions of Americans facing hunger -- and hunger is down sharply already. CNN, "Read President Joe Biden's first address to Congress," 28 Apr. 2021 That's why the American Rescue Plan is delivering food and nutrition assistance to millions of Americans facing hunger – and hunger is down sharply already. CBS News, "Full text: Biden's speech before a joint session of Congress," 28 Apr. 2021 That’s why the American Rescue Plan is delivering food and nutrition assistance to millions of Americans facing hunger – and hunger is down sharply already. Washington Examiner Staff, Washington Examiner, "READ IN FULL: Biden's first address to joint session of Congress," 28 Apr. 2021 That's why the rescue plan is delivering food and nutrition assistance to millions of Americans facing hunger -- and hunger is down sharply already. ABC News, "Full transcript: President Joe Biden delivers speech to joint session of Congress," 28 Apr. 2021 Part of the belief system is a strange relationship to food and nutrition, and the child looked pretty slim, bordering on malnourished. New York Times, "YouTube Videos Brainwashed My Father. Can I Reprogram His Feed?," 20 Apr. 2021 At the end of the week, students will receive meals to last over the weekend, to address food insecurity, said Gary Petill, San Diego Unified’s food and nutrition services director. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Thousands of San Diego kids go back to school, finally," 12 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of nutrition was in the 15th century

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4 May 2021

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“Nutrition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nutrition. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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nutrition

noun

English Language Learners Definition of nutrition

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

nutrition

noun
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

nutrition

noun
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 nutrition (audio) \ adjective
nutritionally \ -​ē How to pronounce nutrition (audio) \ adverb

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