starvation

noun
star·​va·​tion | \stär-ˈvā-shən \

Definition of starvation 

1 : the act or an instance of starving

2 : the state of being starved

Examples of starvation in a Sentence

The famine brought mass starvation. Millions of people face starvation every day.

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In the final stages of starvation, the body, depleted of glucose and fatty acids, turns to muscle protein for energy. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "Not So Fast," 24 Sep. 2018 In a similar case, Nicole Finn, an adoptive mother from Iowa, was found guilty of first-degree murder after her 16-year-old child, Natalie Finn, died Oct. 2016 from cardiac arrest brought on by starvation. Josh Magness, miamiherald, "They adopted 4 kids — and had a room locked from the outside for each, Arizona cops say | Miami Herald," 21 Feb. 2018 More: '17 days that will be remembered forever': All are safe in riveting Thai cave rescue Immediate recovery will likely involve replenishing fluids and combating the effects of starvation and dehydration, Wineandy said. Caroline Simon, USA TODAY, "The Thai soccer team is out of the cave. But the road to recovery is just beginning.," 10 July 2018 Pyongyang operates a vast network of prison camps where thousands of political prisoners endure torture and starvation. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, "Criticism of North Korean Repression Is Discouraged, Activists Complain," 25 June 2018 Now the only time people would ever ask that before is in times of starvation or something. Zach Baron, GQ, "Paul Schrader Isn't Done Yet," 18 May 2018 Survivors arrived at the camps with a host of overlapping health issues— tuberculosis, starvation, infectious skin conditions — that were exacerbated by deficient care, said Jael Geis of the Jewish Museum in Berlin at the conference. Emanuella Grinberg, Smithsonian, "When a Bavarian Monastery Provided a Home to Jewish Refugees," 11 July 2018 Furthermore, the deaths did not always occur in the way that was expected – in which zooxanthellae abandon the corals and don't return fast enough, leading to starvation. Chris Mooney, Anchorage Daily News, "Global warming has changed the Great Barrier Reef ‘forever,’ scientists say," 19 Apr. 2018 That wasn’t a problem until the rot disease Phytophthora infestans showed up in the 1840s, destroying entire harvests and leading to massive starvation. Kevin Begos, Smithsonian, "The Quest to Grow the First Great American Wine Grape," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of starvation

1762, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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starvation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of starvation

: suffering or death caused by having nothing to eat or not enough to eat : the condition of someone who is starving

starvation

noun
star·​va·​tion | \stär-ˈvā-shən \

Kids Definition of starvation

: suffering or death caused by lack of food : the condition of being starved

starvation

noun
star·​va·​tion | \stär-ˈvā-shən \

Medical Definition of starvation 

1 : the act or an instance of starving

2 : the state of being starved

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