- deficiency disease
- deficiency disease n a disease (as scurvy) caused by a lack of essential dietary elements and esp. a vitamin or mineral
* * *any disease caused by the lack of an essential nutrient in the diet. Such nutrients include vitamin, essential amino acid, and essential fatty acid.
* * *a condition caused by dietary or metabolic deficiency; the term includes all diseases caused by an insufficient supply of essential nutrients such as protein (or amino acids), vitamins, and minerals.
Medical dictionary. 2011.
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