Definitions for Nutrientˈnu tri ənt, ˈnyu-

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  1. food, nutrient(noun)

    any substance that can be metabolized by an animal to give energy and build tissue

  2. nutrient(adj)

    any substance (such as a chemical element or inorganic compound) that can be taken in by a green plant and used in organic synthesis

  3. alimentary, alimental, nourishing, nutrient, nutritious, nutritive(adj)

    of or providing nourishment

    "good nourishing stew"

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  1. Nutrient(n.)

    Specifically: (Microbiology) A substance added to the growth medium of a microorganism to promote growth.

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  1. nutrient(Noun)

    A source of nourishment, such as food, that can be metabolized by an organism to give energy and build tissue.

  2. nutrient(Adjective)

    providing nourishment

  3. Origin: From nutriens, present participle of nutrire.

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  1. Nutrient(adj)

    nutritious; nourishing; promoting growth

  2. Nutrient(noun)

    any substance which has nutritious qualities, i. e., which nourishes or promotes growth

  3. Origin: [L. nutriens, p. pr. of nutrire. See Nourish.]

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  1. Nutrient

    A nutrient is a chemical that an organism needs to live and grow or a substance used in an organism's metabolism which must be taken in from its environment. They are used to build and repair tissues, regulate body processes and are converted to and used as energy. Methods for nutrient intake vary, with animals and protists consuming foods that are digested by an internal digestive system, but most plants ingest nutrients directly from the soil through their roots or from the atmosphere. Organic nutrients include carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and vitamins. Inorganic chemical compounds such as dietary minerals, water, and oxygen may also be considered nutrients. A nutrient is said to be "essential" if it must be obtained from an external source, either because the organism cannot synthesize it or produces insufficient quantities. Nutrients needed in very small amounts are micronutrients and those that are needed in larger quantities are called macronutrients. The effects of nutrients are dose-dependent and shortages are called deficiencies. See healthy diet for more information on the role of nutrients in human nutrition.

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