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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DURING THE GREAT DEPRESSION, Newfoundland was a veritable laboratory for the study of nutritional deficiency diseases such as beriberi.
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.
"Cancer is a deficiency disease caused by deficiency and toxicity and that when the body's immune system is impaired or stressed or strained in any way, that's when the trouble can start.
Ill health affected Jean's chances of success at school as she suffered scarlet fever and myxoedema, a thyroid deficiency disease.
She was a victim of Adenosine Deamimse Deficiency disease, which affects only a handful of people in the world.
The protein deficiency disease kwashiorkor was observed in Iraq "for the first time," the document adds.
Kwashiorkor, a protein deficiency disease, was observed in Iraq for the first time, according to the document, which added, "Gastroenteritis was killing children ...
There is no specific deficiency disease associated with zinc.
This cell damage can lead to cancer, heart disease, immune deficiency disease, memory loss, and aging.
After several medical evaluations, physicians discovered Lawrence had an immune deficiency disease called Major Histocompatibility Complex Class II deficiency.
"Although we don't know for certain what each and every individual needs, we do know that if you consume nutrients at the level of their RDAs, your risk of developing a dietary deficiency disease is only 2 percent or less."