Definition of nutrition in English:

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Pronunciation: /njʊˈtrɪʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
1The process of providing or obtaining the food necessary for health and growth: a guide to good nutrition
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  • In Australia four food groups are recognised as providing the basic nutrition for health and fitness.
  • Improvements in the public health of women with associated gains in female growth and nutrition must remain a longer term goal.
  • When crops grow quickly and with balanced nutrition, the growth can compensate for slight damage.
1.1Food or nourishment: a feeding tube gives her nutrition and water
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  • She is not on life support, she simply needs a feeding tube when nutrition and hydration are required.
  • Space, light, water, and soil nutrition required by plants can be costly.
nourishment, nutriment, nutrients, sustenance, food, daily bread
informal grub, chow, nosh
British informal scoff
archaic victuals, vittles, viands
rare aliment
1.2The branch of science that deals with nutrients and nutrition, particularly in humans.
Example sentences
  • New and innovative genetic information will advance the science of human nutrition.
  • Kristen earned her undergraduate degree in applied human nutrition at the University of Guelph.
  • John worked in South America and the Caribbean throughout the 1960s as regional adviser in human nutrition.


Late Middle English: from late Latin nutritio(n-), from nutrire 'feed, nourish'.

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