undernourished

adjective
un·​der·​nour·​ished | \ ˌən-dər-ˈnər-isht How to pronounce undernourished (audio) , -ˈnə-risht\

Definition of undernourished

1 : supplied with less than the minimum amount of the nutrients or foods essential for sound health and growth : marked by undernutrition undernourished infants Since these drugs suppress appetite, stimulant users are often undernourished and experience all the ill effects of that condition.— Cynthia Kuhn
2 : poorly supplied with vital elements or qualities undernourished independent libraries

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undernourishment \ ˌən-​dər-​ˈnər-​ish-​mənt How to pronounce undernourishment (audio) , -​ˈnə-​rish-​ \ noun

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One hospital ward is for undernourished infants, who often arrive with complications such as sepsis or pneumonia. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "Trump is telling those who fled Haiti earthquake to leave the U.S. What will they go back to?," 28 May 2018 Many Venezuelans are undernourished, medicine is scarce and at least three million Venezuelans have left the country during the past two decades, causing a regional migrant crisis. José De Córdoba, WSJ, "Venezuelan Ex-Treasurer Admits He Took $1 Billion in Bribes," 21 Nov. 2018 Malnutrition remains chronic, with the World Food Program estimating that 40 percent of the population is undernourished. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "For Kim Jong Un, meeting Trump is about cementing power at home," 9 June 2018 Unsurprisingly, all that muscle leaves other parts undernourished. Scott Sturgis, Philly.com, "BMW X3 gets a redesign for 2018," 28 June 2018 Already about 1 billion people in the world are deemed food-insecure and 795 million are undernourished. Umair Irfan, Vox, "The weird power of rising carbon dioxide to make rice less nutritious," 24 May 2018 The hope is that the rice could feed the 41% of the country that the United Nations believes is undernourished. Ivan Watson, Jungeun Kim, Stella Ko And Jo Shelley, CNN, "Messages in bottles sent across the sea to North Korea," 17 May 2018 Venezuelans, many of whom are undernourished, anxiously wait for their monthly delivery, and a thriving black market has sprung up to sell CLAP products. Scott Smith, Houston Chronicle, "ConocoPhillips seeks control of Venezula oil assets to settle $2b award," 7 May 2018 Venezuelans, many of whom are undernourished, anxiously wait for their monthly delivery, and a thriving black market has sprung up to sell CLAP products. Scott Smith, Houston Chronicle, "ConocoPhillips seeks control of Venezula oil assets to settle $2b award," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of undernourished

1871, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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undernourished

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of undernourished

: not getting enough food or not getting enough healthy food for good health and growth

undernourished

adjective
un·​der·​nour·​ished | \ ˌən-dər-ˈnər-isht How to pronounce undernourished (audio) \

Kids Definition of undernourished

: given too little food for proper health and growth

undernourished

adjective
un·​der·​nour·​ished | \ ˌən-dər-ˈnər-isht, -ˈnə-risht How to pronounce undernourished (audio) \

Medical Definition of undernourished

: supplied with less than the minimum amount of the nutrients or foods essential for sound health and growth : marked by undernutrition undernourished infants Since these drugs suppress appetite, stimulant users are often undernourished and experience all the ill effects of that condition.— Cynthia Kuhn

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undernourishment \ -​ˈnər-​ish-​mənt, -​ˈnə-​rish-​ How to pronounce undernourishment (audio) \ noun

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