deficiency disease

(noun) A disease caused by the absence of an essential nutrient.


  1. marasmus – (noun) Lack of calories (also called energy).
  2. kwashiorkor – (noun) Lack of protein.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: deficiency diseases
  • Deficiency diseases are a concern of sociologists because of the impact of them on those living in poverty.
  • Types: malnutrition

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