Malnutrition is defined as poor health as the result of not digesting enough nutritious food.
An example of a case of malnutrition is a family starving because they cannot afford any food.
inadequate nutrition; poor nourishment resulting from insufficient food, improper diet, etc.
Poor nutrition because of an insufficient or poorly balanced diet or faulty digestion or utilization of foods.
(usually uncountable, plural malnutritions)
- a lack of adequate nourishment
mal- + nutrition
- Episodes of numbness and tingling are more common among people with diabetes, hypothyroidism, alcoholism, malnutrition, or who experience mechanical trauma, especially to their limbs, neck or spine.
- Bone age assessments are, therefore, used in pediatric evaluation, especially when malnutrition, malabsorption, food intolerance, or endocrinopathies (such as hypopituitarism or hypothyroidism) are suspected.
- Many patients require assistance eating and drinking, and weight loss, malnutrition and dehydration are signs that care is not being taken to ensure that the patients are getting adequate food and water.
- It may also be necessary when the patient's physical health has deteriorated to a point where life-sustaining treatment is necessary, such as with severe malnutrition associated with anorexia nervosa.
- Some prenatal factors known to contribute to growth retardation include a variety of maternal health problems, including toxemia, kidney and heart disease, infections such as rubella and maternal malnutrition.