American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Incomplete or imperfect assimilation of nutrients by the body.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In pathology, imperfect assimilation or nutrition; faulty digestion and appropriation of nutriment.
- n. Imperfect digestion of the several leading constituents of food.
- n. An imperfect elaboration by the tissues of the materials brought to them by the bloodstream.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Imperfect digestion of the several leading constituents of the food.
- n. An imperfect elaboration by the tissues of the materials brought to them by the blood.
- mal- + assimilation (Wiktionary)
“If he does not actually die from the effects of the wrongly treated typhoid fever, he will be troubled all his life with intestinal indigestion, constipation, malassimilation and the accompanying nervous disorders.”
“It will take him, perhaps, months or years to die a gradual, miserable death through malassimilation and malnutrition, which usually end in some form of wasting disease, such as pernicious anemia or tuberculosis.”
“During his shanty-life Thoreau was imperfectly nourished, and for the victim of malassimilation, tuberculosis hunts and needs no spyglass.”
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