American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Severe protein malnutrition, especially in children after weaning, marked by lethargy, growth retardation, anemia, edema, potbelly, skin depigmentation, and hair loss or change in hair color.
- n. pathology A form of malnutrition, found in children, caused by dietary insufficiency of protein in combination with a high carbohydrate diet.
- n. severe malnutrition in children resulting from a diet excessively high in carbohydrates and low in protein
- Ga (Niger-Congo language of Ghana) kwashiɔkɔ. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I notice one young boy's badly swollen feet: they're a sign of a medical condition known as kwashiorkor, or severe protein deficiency.”
“She had what is called kwashiorkor i.e. severe protein and calorie malnutrition.”
“It was assumed to be a traveler's version of the widespread tropical deficiency disease called kwashiorkor, from a Gold Coast term meaning "displaced child.”
“The West learned a new word, "kwashiorkor," the fatal lack of protein from which thousands of children were dying.”
“Nutritional diseases such as kwashiorkor are no longer notifiable, and so it is not easy to estimate their scale.”
“The dumping - grounds have become death camps in which not only cholera and typhoid, but other diseases - gastro - enteritis, poliomyelitis, tuberculosis, malaria, as well as diseases of starvation, such as kwashiorkor, marasmus and pellagra - flourish.”
“The common diseases in Nigeria are nutritional such as kwashiorkor and marasmus; parasitic like malaria and water borne such as cholera and guinea worm.”
“The term is generally used to designate both increasingly rare forms of severe clinical malnutrition (such as kwashiorkor and marasmus) and the more common forms of growth faltering or growth impairment (often termed mild or moderate malnutrition).”
“kwashiorkor" describes the malnourishment of a child weaned too early because his or her mother became pregnant again too quickly.”
“Jeanette was suffering from kwashiorkor, a micronutrient deficiency that causes swelling in the hands and feet, tooth loss, distinctive rust-colored hair and a painfully distended belly.”
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