nutrient

nutrient (n.) "a nutritious substance," 1828, noun use of adjective (1640s) meaning "providing nourishment," from L. nutrientem (nom. nutriens), prp. of nutrire "to nourish, suckle, feed, foster" (see NOURISH (Cf. nourish)).

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  • Nutrient — cycle in the oceans A nutrient is a chemical that an organism needs to live and grow or a substance used in an organism s metabolism which must be taken in from its environment.[1] They are used to build and repair tissues, regulate body… …   Wikipedia

  • Nutrient — Nu tri*ent, n. n. 1. Any substance which has nutritious qualities, i. e., which nourishes or promotes growth; a nutriment. [1913 Webster] 2. Specifically: (Microbiology) A substance added to the growth medium of a microorganism to promote growth …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Nutrient — Nu tri*ent, a. [L. nutriens, p. pr. of nutrire. See {Nourish}.] Nutritious; nourishing; promoting growth. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nutrient — [n] source of nourishment fiber, food, health food, mineral, nutriment, supplements, vitamin; concept 457 …   New thesaurus

  • nutrient — ► NOUN ▪ a substance that provides nourishment essential for life and growth. ORIGIN from Latin nutrire nourish …   English terms dictionary

  • nutrient — [no͞o′trē ənt, nyo͞o′trē ənt] adj. [L nutriens, prp. of nutrire, to nourish: see NURSE] nutritious; nourishing n. a nutritious ingredient or substance in a food …   English World dictionary

  • nutrient — /nooh tree euhnt, nyooh /, adj. 1. nourishing; providing nourishment or nutriment. 2. containing or conveying nutriment, as solutions or vessels of the body. n. 3. a nutrient substance. [1640 50; < L nutrient (s. of nutriens), prp. of nutrire to… …   Universalium

  • nutrient — noun Nutrient is used before these nouns: ↑deficiency, ↑intake Nutrient is used after these nouns: ↑manure …   Collocations dictionary

  • nutrient — UK [ˈnjuːtrɪənt] / US [ˈnutrɪənt] noun [countable] Word forms nutrient : singular nutrient plural nutrients biology a substance in food that plants, animals, and people need to live and grow …   English dictionary

  • nutrient — nu•tri•ent [[t]ˈnu tri ənt, ˈnyu [/t]] adj. 1) nut nourishing; providing nourishment or nutriment 2) nut containing or conveying nutriment, as solutions or vessels of the body 3) a nutrient substance • Etymology: 1640–50; < L nūtrient (s. of… …   From formal English to slang

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