malnutrition

Pronunciation: (mal-noo-TRIH-shun)

A condition caused by not getting enough calories or the right amount of key nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals, that are needed for health. Malnutrition may occur when there is a lack of nutrients in the diet or when the body cannot absorb nutrients from food. Cancer and cancer treatment may cause malnutrition.

Definition from: Cancer.gov

Date last modified: 2009-12-04