Definition of Malnutrition
Examples of Malnutrition
- avitaminosis: A deficiency in one or more vitamins such as scurvy which is caused by lack of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) or rickets by a lack of vitamin D.
- kwashiorkor: Lack of protein, typically affecting young children in tropical areas after weaning.
- marasmus: Lack of calories; energy deficiency, typically found in infants.
- American English – /mal-nu-trIsh-uhn/
- British English – /mal-nyu-trIsh-uhn/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˈˌmæln(j)uˈtrɪʃən/
- British English – /ˌmalnjᵿˈtrɪʃn/
- 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. Eating too little is called starvation or subnutrition.
- The manifested physical effects of malnutrition are called deficiency diseases.
- The tool used to determine malnutrition is called the Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool (MUST).
- Also called:
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malnutrition. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/malnutrition/
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Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “malnutrition.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed November 28, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/malnutrition/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“malnutrition.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 28 Nov. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/malnutrition/>.