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    • an illness, particularly rickets or scurvy, this is…
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deficiency disease definition

  • noun:
    • an illness, particularly rickets or scurvy, this is certainly caused by a dietary deficiency of particular vitamins, especially a vitamin or mineral. The disease may stem from insufficient intake, food digestion, absorption, or utilization of a nutrient.
    • any disease caused by too little a vital nutrient (as a vitamin or mineral)
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