undernutrition

noun
un·​der·​nu·​tri·​tion | \ ˌən-dər-nu̇-ˈtri-shən How to pronounce undernutrition (audio) , -nyu̇- \

Definition of undernutrition

: deficient bodily nutrition due to inadequate food intake or faulty assimilation

Examples of undernutrition in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The term refers to both undernutrition (food deprivation) and overnutrition (excessive food consumption with regards to energy requirements). CNN, 17 Feb. 2022 Little walks readers through the many complex threats to our food supply, including industrial agriculture’s role in waste, undernutrition and overconsumption; agricultural consolidation; and the harm to biodiversity. Amanda Little, Washington Post, 30 Aug. 2019 That equates to about one in five children in the entire country, according to Willemot, and about 12% of the global cases of this most dangerous type of undernutrition. Nick Turse, Teen Vogue, 14 Nov. 2018 Many of them were children, suffering from undernutrition. Denise Gellene, BostonGlobe.com, 2 July 2018 Many of them were children, suffering from undernutrition. Denise Gellene, New York Times, 1 July 2018 As for nutritional deficiencies, about 95,000 additional deaths due to childhood undernutrition are projected for 2030, according to the WHO. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, 8 May 2018 That equates to about one in five children in the entire country, according to Willemot, and about 12% of the global cases of this most dangerous type of undernutrition. Nick Turse, Teen Vogue, 14 Nov. 2018 Many of them were children, suffering from undernutrition. Denise Gellene, BostonGlobe.com, 2 July 2018 See More

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First Known Use of undernutrition

1876, in the meaning defined above

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“Undernutrition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undernutrition. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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undernutrition

noun
un·​der·​nu·​tri·​tion | \ -n(y)u̇-ˈtrish-ən How to pronounce undernutrition (audio) \

Medical Definition of undernutrition

: deficient bodily nutrition due to inadequate food intake or faulty assimilation

called also hyponutrition

Other Words from undernutrition

undernutritional \ -​əl How to pronounce undernutrition (audio) \ adjective

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