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Definition of Malnutrition

(noun) A lack of proper nutrition due to a deficiency (or excess) of nutrients due to inadequate digestion and absorption, insufficient food, or a poorly balanced diet.

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Syllabification: mal·nu·tri·tion

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Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /mal-nu-trIsh-uhn/
  • British English – /mal-nyu-trIsh-uhn/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈˌmæln(j)uˈtrɪʃən/
  • British English – /ˌmalnjᵿˈtrɪʃn/

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Works Consulted

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Cite the Definition of Malnutrition

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “malnutrition.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 23, 2024 (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 June 23, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/malnutrition/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“malnutrition.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 23 Jun. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/malnutrition/>.