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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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Thus, the positive nitrogen balance noted in all the treatments indicates that there was no loss of protein or nitrogenous compounds during the experimental period, thereby confirming that the protein fraction in the diets was efficiently absorbed by the animals.
Furthermore, the positive nitrogen balance for the six cultivars suggests good nitrogen utilization by the animals with cultivar RMP-12 numerically recording the least nitrogen balance.
Positive nitrogen balance means that the person is taking in more nitrogen than he or she is excreting, and is therefore using that nitrogen to build muscle.