Definition of insufficiency in English:


Syllabification: in·suf·fi·cien·cy
Pronunciation: /ˌinsəˈfiSHənsē

noun (plural insufficiencies)

  • 1The condition of being insufficient: insufficiency of adequate housing there have been demands to redress such insufficiencies
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    • They should listen to and correct the players' insufficiencies.
    • He defended German culture against its political appropriation by the Prussian and Austrian regimes, but criticized its insufficiencies, in Goethe, for example, who remained enthralled to the metaphysical tradition.
    • Along with such developments, Valéry also addresses the question of the insufficiencies of literature stating among other things that ‘nothing has been written about love.’
  • 1.1 Medicine The inability of an organ to perform its normal function: renal insufficiency
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    • Methylergonovine should be used with caution, if at all, in patients with cardiac or peripheral vascular disease, or hepatic or renal insufficiency.
    • As with other oral contraceptives, this product is contraindicated in women who have renal or hepatic insufficiency.
    • No specific dosage adjustments are recommended for patients with hepatic or renal insufficiency because of the drug's minimal systemic absorption.


early 16th century (in the sense 'incompetence, inability'): from late Latin insufficientia, from in- 'not' + Latin sufficere 'be sufficient'.

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