from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Incomplete or imperfect assimilation of nutrients by the body.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In pathology, imperfect assimilation or nutrition; faulty digestion and appropriation of nutriment.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun Imperfect digestion of the several leading constituents of the food.
- noun An imperfect elaboration by the tissues of the materials brought to them by the blood.
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- noun Imperfect
digestionof the several leading constituentsof food.
- noun An imperfect
elaborationby the tissuesof the materialsbrought to them by the bloodstream.
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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.