- A deficiency in one or more vitamins is called avitaminosis such as scurvy which is caused by lack of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and rickets by a lack of vitamin D.
- kwashiorkor – (noun) Lack of protein, typically affecting young children in tropical areas after weaning.
- marasmus – (noun) Lack of calories (energy), typically found in infants.
Audio Pronunciation: (de·fi·cien·cy dis·ease)
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- Plural: deficiency diseases
- Deficiency diseases are a concern of sociologists because of the impact of them on those living in poverty.
- Types: malnutrition
- Word origin of “deficiency” and “disease” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “deficiency disease.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved January 21, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/deficiency-disease/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
deficiency disease. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/deficiency-disease/
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