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Definition of Protein malnutrition

Protein malnutrition: Insufficient intake of nitrogen-containing food (protein) to maintain a nitrogen balance or nitrogen equilibrium. Children are particularly prone to develop protein malnutrition. To grow, children have to consume enough nitrogen-containing food (protein) to maintain a positive nitrogen balance, whereas adults need only be in nitrogen equilibrium.

See also kwashiorkor.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 8/28/2013

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