Definition of kwashiorkor in English:


Line breaks: kwashi|or¦kor
Pronunciation: /ˌkwɒʃɪˈɔːkɔː
, ˌkwa-/


[mass noun]
  • A form of malnutrition caused by protein deficiency in the diet, typically affecting young children in the tropics.
    More example sentences
    • One boy of 22 months developed severe kwashiorkor on a diet of rice milk and erratic solids.
    • As a result, kwashiorkor, a disease caused by protein deficiency, is common.
    • Children are more strongly affected by kwashiorkor than adults because they are still growing and their protein requirements are higher.


1930s: a local word in Ghana.

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