[mal-noo-trish-uh n, -nyoo-] /ˌmæl nuˈtrɪʃ ən, -nyu-/

lack of proper ; inadequate or unbalanced .
lack of adequate nutrition resulting from insufficient food, unbalanced diet, or defective assimilation

1843, from mal- + nutrition.

malnutrition mal·nu·tri·tion (māl’nōō-trĭsh’ən, -nyōō-)
Poor nutrition because of an insufficient or poorly balanced diet or faulty digestion or utilization of foods.
Poor nutrition caused by an insufficient, oversufficient, or poorly balanced diet or by a medical condition, such as chronic diarrhea, resulting in inadequate digestion or utilization of foods.

Inadequate nutrition caused by the lack of a balanced diet or by disorders of the digestive system in which the nutrients from food cannot be absorbed properly.


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