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deficiency British & World English

A lack or shortage

deficiency English Thesaurus

she has a vitamin deficiency in her diet

deficiency disease British & World English

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

deficiency payment British & World English

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

immune deficiency British & World English

Failure of the immune system to protect the body adequately from infection, due to the absence or insufficiency of some component process or substance

mental deficiency British & World 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 British & World 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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