Kwashiorkor meaning

kwä'shē-ôr'kôr'
Severe protein malnutrition, especially in children after weaning, marked by lethargy, growth retardation, anemia, edema, potbelly, skin depigmentation, and hair loss or change in hair color.
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A severe disease of young children, caused by chronic deficiency of protein and calories in the diet and characterized by stunted growth, edema, and a protuberant belly.
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Severe protein malnutrition, especially in children after weaning, marked by lethargy, growth retardation, anemia, edema, potbelly, skin depigmentation, and hair loss or change in hair color.
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A severe malnutrition, seen primarily in children of tropical and subtropical regions, caused by deficiency in the quality and quantity of dietary protein. Kwahiorkor is characterized by failure to grow, anemia, liver damage, edema, discoloration of the skin or hair, and bulky stools containing undigested food.
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(pathology) A form of malnutrition, found in children, caused by dietary insufficiency of protein in combination with a high carbohydrate diet.
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Origin of kwashiorkor

Ga (Niger-Congo language of Ghana) kwashiↄkↄ sickness of the weanling deplaced by the birth of a sibling