(noun) A lack of proper nutrition due to inadequate digestion and absorption, insufficient food, or a poorly balanced diet.
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- Plural: malnutritions
- Malnutrition is defined not as a lack of nutrition, but poor nutrition. For example, kwashiorkor is caused by a diet high in carbohydrates and low in protein.
- The manifested physical effects of malnutrition are called deficiency diseases.