Definition of macronutrient in English:


Syllabification: mac·ro·nu·tri·ent
Pronunciation: /ˌmakrōˈno͞otrēənt


  • 1A substance required in relatively large amounts by living organisms, in particular.
  • 1.1A type of food (e.g., fat, protein, carbohydrate) required in large amounts in the human diet.
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    • All athletes require a well balanced diet containing the essential macronutrients of meat, fish, dairy products, fruit and vegetables, cereals and bread.
    • Identifying macronutrients on the dinner food plate is easy.
    • Lipids are believed to be an important macronutrient for baboon diet selection, especially during the winter months, which may explain the use of such unlikely resources as E. ingens.
  • 1.2A chemical element (e.g., potassium, magnesium, calcium) required in large amounts for plant growth and development.
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    • Phosphorus is one of three macronutrients needed by growing plants, the other two being nitrogen and potassium.
    • It indicates that there are measurable reductions in use of chemical fertilizers - most farmers use a combination of compost, animal manure or crop rotation to maintain fertility and replace macronutrients.
    • Lodhiyal et al. pointed out that the major macronutrients limiting the production of a forest crop are N, P and K.

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