nitrogen balance

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nitrogen balance

n.
The difference between the amount of nitrogen ingested by an animal or taken in by the soil and the amount excreted or lost.

ni′trogen bal`ance


n.
the difference between the amount of nitrogen taken in and the amount excreted or lost.
[1940–45]
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Noun1.nitrogen balance - the balance between the amount of nitrogen taken in (to the soil or the body) and the amount given off (lost or excreted)
balance - a state of equilibrium
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