Failure-to-thrive definition

A significant delay in the physical growth of an infant or young child, caused by an organic, psychological, or environmental disturbance.
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A significant delay in the physical growth of an infant or young child, caused by an organic, psychological, or environmental disturbance.
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Used other than as an idiom: see failure,"Ž thrive.
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(uncountable, pediatrics) Poor physical growth or level of weight, relative to one's age peers.
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(uncountable, medicine, chiefly geriatrics) Abnormal weight loss, malaise.
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(countable, medicine) Instances of poor physical growth or of abnormal weight loss.
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Other Word Forms

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Singular:
failure-to-thrive
Plural:
failures to thrive