refeeding

noun re·feed·ing \ (ˌ)rē-ˈfē-diŋ \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of refeeding

plural refeedings
medical : the reintroduction of nutrition (as through a feeding tube or by oral feeding) into a severely malnourished individual (such as one affected with anorexia nervosa or chronic alcoholism) to restore weight
  • If too rapid a refeeding program follows such periods of starvation, providing protein and carbohydrate without cofactors such as thiamin and magnesium, serious metabolic and neurologic disturbances can follow.
  • —Sue Rodwell Williams
— see also refeeding syndrome

refeed

play \(ˌ)rē-ˈfēd\ verb, transitive + intransitive refed play \(ˌ)rē-ˈfed\; refeeding
    • refeed anorexic adolescents

First Known Use of refeeding

1932

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