American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A source of nourishment, especially a nourishing ingredient in a food.
- adj. Providing nourishment.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Affording nutriment or nourishment; nourishing; nutritive; nutritious.
- Conveying or purveying nourishment; alimentative: as, nutrient vessels.
- n. A nutrient substance; something nutritious.
- n. A source of nourishment, such as food, that can be metabolized by an organism to give energy and build tissue.
- adj. providing nourishment
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Nutritious; nourishing; promoting growth.
- n. Any substance which has nutritious qualities, i. e., which nourishes or promotes growth; a nutriment.
- n. (Microbiology) A substance added to the growth medium of a microorganism to promote growth.
- n. any substance that can be metabolized by an animal to give energy and build tissue
- adj. of or providing nourishment
- n. any substance (such as a chemical element or inorganic compound) that can be taken in by a green plant and used in organic synthesis
- From Latin nutriens, present participle of nutrire ("to suckle, nourish, foster"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin nūtriēns, nūtrient-, present participle of nūtrīre, to suckle; see (s)nāu- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The nutrient is thought to improve balance as well as maintain muscle mass in older people.”
“The marine environments are highly varied and are associated with water temperature regimes differing in nutrient and light levels.”
“(Which is not to stay we could use all of that straw to produce ethanol and other biofuels: some straw needs to be left on the field after harvest to help prevent soil erosion and maintain nutrient levels, and quite a lot of it already has its uses, as feed and bedding for cattle.)”
“There are dozens of examples like this of diseases caused by long-term nutrient deficiency.”
“An increase in nutrient input in the Baltic is compromising water clarity by promoting algal blooms.”
“The other part asked patients to choose which of two foods had more or less of a certain nutrient, giving patients a 50/50 chance to guess the correct food item.”
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“Arthritis specialists have long recommended that patients consume an adequate daily amount of vitamin C because the nutrient is both a potent antioxidant and a key player in the formation of joint cartilage.”
“Annual stocking of fish in nutrient-poor mountain lakes where introduced fish are naturally reproducing is a recipe for skinny trout with big heads.”
“The word nutrient has appeared in 59 New York Times articles in the past year, including on Sept. 6 in Researchers Create”
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