Definition of nutrient in English:

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nutrient

Pronunciation: /ˈn(y)o͞otrēənt/

noun

A substance that provides nourishment essential for growth and the maintenance of life: fish is a source of many important nutrients, including protein, vitamins, and minerals
More example sentences
  • The high moisture content and nutrients in cooked food make this growth possible.
  • The Directive will limit the allowed doses of nutrients, initially vitamins and minerals.
  • Nitrogen has a favourable position among the essential nutrients in soil.

Origin

Mid 17th century: from Latin nutrient- 'nourishing', from the verb nutrire.

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Syllabification: nu·tri·ent

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