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deficiency US English

A lack or shortage

deficiency US Thesaurus

a vitamin deficiency

deficiency disease US English

A disease caused by the lack of some essential or important element in the diet, usually a particular vitamin or mineral

deficiency payment US English

A payment made, typically by a government body, to cover a financial deficit incurred in the course of an activity such as farming or education

immune deficiency US English

Another term for immunodeficiency.

mental deficiency US English

The condition of having a mental disability

mental defective New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

dated and offensive: express otherwise, e.g. in terms of ‘learning difficulties’

AIDS US English

A disease in which there is a severe loss of the body’s cellular immunity, greatly lowering the resistance to infection and malignancy


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