Definition of deficiency disease in English:

deficiency disease


  • A disease caused by the lack of some essential or important element in the diet, usually a particular vitamin or mineral.

    • ‘This is an extremely low level, and it represents only the amount needed to prevent health problems such as scurvy, a vitamin deficiency disease.’
    • ‘The first 50 years of the 20th century saw the discovery of the essential elements and vitamins, particularly in the context of deficiency diseases.’
    • ‘The severe thiamin deficiency disease known as Beriberi, is the result of a diet that is carbohydrate rich and thiamin deficient.’
    • ‘Rickets is a vitamin D deficiency disease of the children.’
    • ‘The reason for the higher incidence of the deficiency disease was felling of forests by the villagers.’
    • ‘However, people who have asthma or other airway diseases, and immune deficiency diseases or immunosuppression should not use the nasal mist.’
    • ‘People with cystic fibrosis or HIV and other immune deficiency diseases are more likely to develop sinusitis.’
    • ‘This was determined to be one of the vitamins that prevented beriberi, a deficiency disease marked by inflammatory or degenerative changes of the nerves, digestive system and heart.’
    • ‘Rickets is a deficiency disease that affects the young during the period of skeletal growth and is characterized by soft and deformed bones.’
    • ‘These levels are reflected in the frequent Vet Record reports of selenium deficiency disease in farm animals.’
    • ‘Overt vitamin deficiency diseases, such as pellagra or scurvy, are uncommon in persons who consume a typical North American diet.’
    • ‘A few years, ago, an American Medical team in India found thousands of children suffering from Kwashiorkor, a protein deficiency disease.’
    • ‘Vitamin C is metabolized very slowly by the body, and deficiency diseases do not usually manifest themselves for several months.’
    • ‘The amounts required are so small that magnesium deficiency diseases are rare.’
    • ‘Nutrition support claims can describe a link between a nutrient and the deficiency disease that can result if the nutrient is lacking in the diet.’
    • ‘Levels may be low during rapid plant growth (hence the ‘staggers’, a magnesium deficiency disease suffered by farm animals fed on new grass).’
    • ‘Proof that a nutrient is essential usually involves the development of a deficiency disease when the nutrient is withheld from the body.’
    • ‘Without these foods, classical deficiency disease will occur.’
    • ‘So it's a little bit different to the sort of classic nutritional deficiency diseases, like scurvy, it seems to be slightly more complicated than that.’
    • ‘This will also help them find out whether defects in zinc transport genes indicate an inherited zinc deficiency disease, where there is a defect in the transport of zinc into human milk.’