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
Recent Examples on the Web Most of these are short articles to read, usually about nutrition but often about psychological approaches—mindfulness, for instance—that reframe your outlook on dieting, or life in general. Megan Mccarthy, USA TODAY, "WW (formerly Weight Watchers) and Noom make losing weight easier—which one is right for you?," 5 Feb. 2020 Plus, the extreme meal pattern may not be sustainable long-term, Kelly Pritchett, PhD, RD, assistant professor in nutrition and exercise science at Central Washington University, previously told Refinery29. Molly Longman,, "Twitter’s CEO Only Eats One Meal Per Day," 23 Jan. 2020 For people who know nothing about nutrition, what is something every nutritional coach would want a person to know about their food intake? Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Why A Health Coach Is 2020's Spiritual Guru," 14 Jan. 2020 Veterans, active duty servicemembers, thousands of low-income schoolchildren & seniors rely on SNAP for basic nutrition. Sabrina Eaton,, "Proposed federal food stamp cut angers Rep. Marcia Fudge and Ohio food banks," 23 July 2019 Lori specializes in the food environment and has examined the effects of school breakfast and salad bar programs on student nutrition. Jay Maddock, The Conversation, "Snacks after youth sports add more calories than kids burn while playing, study says," 22 Jan. 2020 If the comments and likes on her account are any indication, her social platforms have helped many dieters reconsider their perspective on nutrition. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "This Instagram Account Breaks Down Why Dieters Should Stop Cutting Out Entire Food Groups," 6 Jan. 2020 The company also offers other programs including one focused on nutrition, fitness and other aspects of wellness. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "U-Haul to stop hiring smokers and nicotine users in Arizona, 20 other states," 1 Jan. 2020 Starting at the end of last spring, there’s been a huge change in her approach, her demeanor, her work ethic, her conditioning, her nutrition. Mike Anthony,, "Mike Anthony: Megan Walker’s transformation shows how difficult, and rewarding, the UConn experience can be," 4 Dec. 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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The first known use of nutrition was in the 15th century

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17 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Nutrition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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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


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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


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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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