(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.
- Word origin of “malnutrition” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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How to Cite the Definition of Malnutrition
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “malnutrition.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved January 21, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/malnutrition/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
malnutrition. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/malnutrition/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “malnutrition.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed January 21, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/malnutrition/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“malnutrition.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 21 Jan. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/malnutrition/>.