deficiency disease


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deficiency disease

1. Med any condition, such as pellagra, beriberi, or scurvy, produced by a lack of vitamins or other essential substances
2. Botany any disease caused by lack of essential minerals

deficiency disease

[də′fish·ən·sē di‚zēz]
(medicine)
Any disease resulting from a dietary deficiency of minerals, vitamins, or essential nutrients.
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Deficiency diseases, like infectious diseases, can saturate a given locus within a relatively short period of time, and geographical or physical isolation is a clinically convenient peculiarity.
This review discusses the biochemical functions of vitamin B12, clinical deficiency diseases associated with vitamin B12, causes of deficiency, vegan infants and the elderly, nutritional intakes in Australia and New Zealand and meeting dietary requirements.
The first--the estimated average requirement (EAR)--is tailored to setting policy, because it provides a means of determining what proportion of a population is at risk for dietary deficiency diseases, both within the United States and abroad.
Pellagra, a classic dietary deficiency disease caused by insufficient niacin, was noted in the South after the Civil War.
To combat Iodine Deficiency Disease, Universal Salt Iodization has been accepted by the government and some progress made but the problem of macronutrient deficiencies, specially iron deficiency anaemia, need to be addressed.
Scientists had known that people with a form of severe combined immune deficiency disease (SCID) that is linked to the X chromosome lacked this gamma chain.
HOUSTON--Hypoparathyroidism may soon lose its status as the only endocrine deficiency disease for which the missing hormone isn't available as an approved replacement therapy.
We recommend that they be used with strong medically based cause, such as symptomatic nutrient deficiency disease.
Rastad said, adding that her husband's mother has lupus, an autoimmune deficiency disease that could be an indicator of CVID.
From all the above, we conclude how important vitamin C is for our health and wellbeing; and as it is a water-soluble vitamin, then, it cannot be stored in the body, so we should be careful to include its sources in our daily diets to prevent its deficiency, leading to the deficiency disease known as scurvy.
Following introductory chapters on vitamins' nutritional properties and intestinal absorption, he devotes a chapter to each vitamin, covering its absorption, analysis, bioavailability, conservation, deficiency disease, dietary sources, metabolism, stability, storage, chemical structure, and synthesis by gut flora.