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Meaning of NUTRITION

Pronunciation:  noo'trishun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the scientific study of food and drink (especially in humans)
  2. [n]  a source of materials to nourish the body
  3. [n]  (physiology) the organic process of nourishing or being nourished; the processes by which an organism assimilates food and uses it for growth and maintenance

NUTRITION is a 9 letter word that starts with N.


 Synonyms: aliment, alimentation, nourishment, nutriment, sustenance, victuals
 See Also: biological process, course, dainty, delicacy, dish, fast food, finger food, food, goody, ingesta, kickshaw, kosher, meal, mess, milk, mince, nutrient, organic process, puree, repast, science, scientific discipline, stodge, treat, vitamin, vitamin pill, wheat germ



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Nu*tri"tion\, n. [Cf. F. nutrition. See
1. (Physiol.) In the broadest sense, a process or series of
   processes by which the living organism as a whole (or its
   component parts or organs) is maintained in its normal
   condition of life and growth.

Note: In this wide sense it comprehends digestion,
      absorption, circulation, assimilation, etc., in fact
      all of the steps by which the nutritive matter of the
      food is fitted for incorporation with the different
      tissues, and the changes which it undergoes after its
      assimilation, prior to its excretion. See {Metabolism}.

2. (Physiol.) In a more limited sense, the process by which
   the living tissues take up, from the blood, matters
   necessary either for their repair or for the performance
   of their healthy functions.

3. That which nourishes; nutriment.

         Fixed like a plant, on his peculiar spot, To draw
         nutrition, propagate, and rot.        --Pope.

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: The process by which the body draws nutrients from food and uses them to make or mend its cells.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: The scientific study of "the sum of processes concerned in the growth, maintenance, and repair of the living body as a whole or of its constituent organs" [Graham Lusk, 1928]. These processes include ingestion and digestion of food, the conversion of food into chemical energy and other materials that the body can use or store, and excretion. The scope of the field also includes how these processes are different between organisms of different age, healthfulness, species, or environments.
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