Definition of Deficiency disease
1. Noun. Any disease caused by a lack of an essential nutrient (as a vitamin or mineral).
Medical Definition of Deficiency disease
1. Any disease resulting from undernutrition or an inadequacy of calories, proteins, essential amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins, or trace minerals. (05 Mar 2000)
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Literary usage of Deficiency disease
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1. The Newer Knowledge of Nutrition: The Use of Food for the Preservation of by Elmer Verner McCollum (1922)
"It was on evidence of that nature that they formulated the view that this type of xerophthalmia is a deficiency disease in the same sense as beriberi, ..."
2. The Elements of the Science of Nutrition by Graham Lusk (1917)
"Another disease which, in all probability, is a deficiency disease, is pellagra. Funk1 states that in the United States between 1907 and 1912 20000 persons ..."
3. The Harvey Lectures by Harvey Society of New York, New York Academy of Medicine (1922)
"Nor should.the domain of the deficiency disease be restricted to the narrow-confines of disturbances brought about by a lack of vitamins. ..."
4. The Journal of Biological Chemistry by American Society of Biological Chemists (1917)
"McCollum and Pitz demonstrated that scurvy in the guinea pig could not possibly be a "deficiency disease" in the sense in which Funk and his school employed ..."
5. American Medicine (1921)
"The same author has contributed an extended series of elaborate articles on the "Pathogenesis of deficiency disease." These consist mainly of experimental ..."
6. Alternative Medicine: Expanding Medical Horizons by DIANE Publishing Company (1995)
"Deficiency in a particular vitamin results in a specific vitamin deficiency disease, such as rickets (a bone deformity from lack of vitamin D) and scurvy ..."