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Meaning of DEPLETION

Pronunciation:  dupl'eeshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of decreasing something markedly
  2. [n]  the state of being depleted

DEPLETION is a 9 letter word that starts with D.


 See Also: consumption, decrease, diminution, drain, exhaustion, expenditure, reduction, salt depletion, step-down, temporary state, using up



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\De*ple"tion\, n. [Cf. F. d['e]pl['e]tion.]
1. The act of depleting or emptying.

2. (Med.) the act or process of diminishing the quantity of
   fluid in the vessels by bloodletting or otherwise; also
   excessive evacuation, as in severe diarrhea.

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: In general, the often harmful decrease in the supply of something:
  1. In ecology, it refers to the consumption of a resource (such as timber or oil) faster than it can be replaced through natural processes;
  2. In agriculture, it refers to impaired soil productivity due to a loss of nutrients.
Thesaurus Terms
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