Definition of nutrition in English:


Line breaks: nu|tri¦tion
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.
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    • 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.



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  • Having said this, there is a lot the media could do to benefit the nutritional health of young people.
  • There are seven very nutritional benefits of lamb that ought to lead you to take it on a more regular basis.
  • We all know of the key nutritional benefits that milk has for those who drink it.


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  • Nutritionists agree that a pure vegetarian diet is superior nutritionally and helps prevent and reverse certain diseases, strokes and several types of cancer.
  • Many students eat almost nothing except instant noodles, and are consequently nutritionally deprived of protein, vitamins and microelements.
  • Therefore, it held, nutritionally deficient food impacts negatively on one's ability to learn and benefit from the educational system.


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

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