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Definition of "undernutrition" []

  • Inadequate nutrition resulting from lack of food or failure of the body to absorb or assimilate nutrients properly. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "undernutrition" in a sentence
  • "MALNUTRITION–This can also be called undernutrition or poor nutrition."
  • "[chuckles] that with the so-called undernutrition diet -- that is, based on concepts other that those of the diet recommended in the developed world -- human life expectancy is considerably increased."
  • "Access to sanitation also significantly reduces other leading causes of child deaths, such as undernutrition and pneumonia."