any substance that can be metabolized by an animal to give energy and build tissue
any substance (such as a chemical element or inorganic compound) that can be taken in by a green plant and used in organic synthesis
alimentary, alimental, nourishing, nutrient, nutritious, nutritive(adj)
of or providing nourishment
"good nourishing stew"
Specifically: (Microbiology) A substance added to the growth medium of a microorganism to promote growth.
A source of nourishment, such as food, that can be metabolized by an organism to give energy and build tissue.
Origin: From nutriens, present participle of nutrire.
nutritious; nourishing; promoting growth
any substance which has nutritious qualities, i. e., which nourishes or promotes growth
Origin: [L. nutriens, p. pr. of nutrire. See Nourish.]
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.
The numerical value of Nutrient in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of Nutrient in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
(c)holesterol is not considered a nutrient of concern for overconsumption.
Water is the most neglected nutrient in your diet but one of the most vital.
In the 90s we avoided nuts, avocados, eggs, we kicked them out because of a single nutrient.
The nutrient value of breast milk will supply all the needs of the baby. There is no need to measure it.
These items are usually not as nutrient rich as 100 calories of fruits, vegetables or whole-grain foods.
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- nahrhaft, NährstoffGerman
- ravintoaine, ravinneFinnish
- nutritif, nutrimentFrench
- nutriente, principe nutritivoItalian
- 栄養, 栄養素Japanese
- хра́нлива со́стојка, хра́нливMacedonian
- voedingsmiddel, voedselDutch
- næringsstoffNorwegian Nynorsk
- składnik pokarmowyPolish
- пита́тельный, [[питательныйRussian
- näringsämne, närandeSwedish
- besleyici, besinTurkish
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