What does deficiency disease mean?

deficiency disease in AZ Dictionary

(n) 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.
(n) any disease caused by too little a vital nutrient (as a vitamin or mineral)

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