nitrogen balance

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nitrogen balance

[′nī·trə·jən ‚bal·əns]
(geochemistry)
The net loss or gain of nitrogen in a soil.
(physiology)
The difference between nitrogen intake (as protein) and total nitrogen excretion for an individual.
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"When you're in negative nitrogen balance, you can't build skeletal muscle."
"When you're in negative nitrogen balance, you can't build skeletal muscle." Yet this is when most elderly patients are in subacute rehabilitation centers, getting all the physical therapy they are likely to receive.
Data indicate an early onset of an excessively negative nitrogen balance in parallel with a decrease in specific bone-formation processes.