from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or process of depleting.
- n. The state of being depleted; exhaustion.
- n. The use or consumption of a resource, especially a natural resource, faster than it is replenished.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the act of depleting, or the state of being depleted; exhaustion
- n. the consumption of a resource faster than it can be replenished
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of depleting or emptying.
- n. the act or process of diminishing the quantity of fluid in the vessels by bloodletting or otherwise; also excessive evacuation, as in severe diarrhea.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of emptying, reducing, or exhausting: as, the depletion of the national resources. Specifically
- n. In medicine, the act of relieving congestion or plethora by any remedial means, as bloodletting, purging, sweating, vomiting, etc.; also, any general reduction of fullness, as by abstinence.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of decreasing something markedly
- n. the state of being depleted
Sorry, no etymologies found.
In conclusion, drug-induced nutrient depletion is far more common than we thought.
Consistent in the sense that Wada et al's finding of increasing groundwater depletion is in line with Syed et al's finding that the rate of river runoff is increasing.
And while we're on the subject, ozone depletion is not the same as climate change; it happens everywhere outside the tropics, all the year round, not just in the Antarctic (ozone levels over the UK in the spring have fallen by as much as 50%); but it is, thanks to the Montreal Protocol, thought to be at its worst round about now, and should soon start to recover.
And the fact that Sam Shuster, who presumably thinks of himself as a reputable academic, could have written an entire article about the issue without once mentioning the impact of ozone depletion is staggering.
Oil depletion is not a comfortable thought in an oil-dependent, nay oil-addicted, just-in-time economy.
As some readers of this blog may be aware, vitamin D (VidtD) depletion is a common finding (up to 60%) in patients with morbid obesity presenting for surgery.
Freshwater depletion is especially worrisome in Egypt, Libya, and several Persian Gulf states.
Its depletion is caused by extreme cold temperatures at high altitude and a particular type of pollution, from chemicals often used in refrigeration, some plastic foams, or aerosol sprays, which have accumulated in the atmosphere.
The accompanying worsening cancer causing ultra violet (UV) rays due to rapid accompanying ozone depletion is already creating experiences which almost feel like a form of radiation poisoning.
"Emotional depletion is one of the things that happens and that affects your whole life," says Thomas Skovholt, author of The Resilient Practitioners: Burnout Prevention and Self-Care Strategies for Therapists, Counselors, Teachers and Health Professionals.