un·​der·​pro·​duc·​tion | \ ˌən-dər-prə-ˈdək-shən How to pronounce underproduction (audio) \

Definition of underproduction

: the production of less than enough to satisfy the demand or of less than the usual amount

Examples of underproduction in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Depending on the disease, this might lead to the overactivation of immune cells, for example, or the underproduction of a hormone. Quanta Magazine, "Theory Suggests That All Genes Affect Every Complex Trait," 20 June 2018 Overproduction or underproduction of thyroid hormone afflicts as many as 20 million Americans, including a disproportionate number of women and the elderly. Jane E. Brody, New York Times, "The Subtle Signs of a Thyroid Disorder," 24 July 2017

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First Known Use of underproduction

1887, in the meaning defined above

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“Underproduction.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underproduction. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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