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kwa·shi·or·kor

 (kwä′shē-ôr′kôr′)
n.
Severe protein malnutrition, especially in children after weaning, marked by lethargy, growth retardation, anemia, edema, potbelly, skin depigmentation, and hair loss or change in hair color.

[Ga (Niger-Congo language of Ghana) kwashiɔkɔ, sickness of the weanling deplaced by the birth of a sibling.]
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kwashiorkor

(ˌkwæʃɪˈɔːkə)
n
(Pathology) severe malnutrition of infants and young children, esp soon after weaning, resulting from dietary deficiency of protein
[C20: from a native word in Ghana]
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kwash•i•or•kor

(ˌkwɑ ʃiˈɔr kɔr, -kər)

n.
a disease, chiefly of children, caused by severe protein and vitamin deficiency and characterized by retarded growth, potbelly, and anemia.
[1930–35; < Germanã (Kwa language of coastal Ghana) kwàšìɔkɔ́ the influence a child is said to be under when his or her mother becomes pregnant with her next child]
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kwa·shi·or·kor

(kwä′shē-ôr′kôr′)
A disease, usually of children, caused by lack of protein in the diet and resulting in swelling of the limbs, enlargement of the liver, potbelly, reduced growth, and discoloration of the skin and hair.
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kwashiorkor

Severe malnutrition in infants and young children caused by dietary deficiency, with such effects as emaciation, loss of skin color, and a bloated stomach.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kwashiorkor - severe malnutrition in children resulting from a diet excessively high in carbohydrates and low in protein
malnutrition - a state of poor nutrition; can result from insufficient or excessive or unbalanced diet or from inability to absorb foods
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Translations

kwa·shi·or·kor

n. Kwashiorkor, deficiencia proteínica o desnutrición durante la infancia que se manifiesta después del destete esp. en áreas tropicales y subtropicales causando.
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kwashiorkor

n kwashiorkor m
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One disease on the rise is kwashiorkor, which causes the swollen bellies familiar in reports from famine-stricken countries.
(1980) did a study of a total 16 malnourished patient (8 marasmic infant and 8 kwashiorkor).
But we thought that conditions such as kwashiorkor and marasmus were mainly of historical significance, the scourges of long-ago wars and prison camps.
A diet lacking adequate protein or nutrients can cause kwashiorkor.
It is a most common disorder in Pakistan, particularly in villages This state of PEM causes a disorder known as kwashiorkor. It is more serious when a child is weaned from breast milk whose mother herself has been suffering from PEM.
If children with acute malnutrition are not identified and treated in good time, their condition may deteriorate to marasmus or kwashiorkor, whose management is more complex, and which puts children at increased risk of death," offers Ms Mbochi.
No cases of the swelling of kwashiorkor or pencil-like frames of marasmus were seen.
In 1956 she became the first African woman warden of University Women's Halls of Residence and is credited with developing a protein-rich biscuit used in the treatment of kwashiorkor.
Anaemia among women and children, rickets, Pellagra, scurvy, beriberi, night blindness, goiter, tuberculosis, kwashiorkor (protein deficiency), depression, osteoporosis, deficiencies of various vitamins like B-complex, deficiencies of minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sulphur etc.
Of the total children, 89 (43.4%) were admitted because of marasmus (wasted) and 36 (17.3%) Kwashiorkor (edematous); 66 (32.2%) were presented with both marasmus and kwashiorkor and 14 (6.8%) of them were admitted because of MUAC (Table 1).
(1) Kwashiorkor (K): Protein malnutrition dominant, grossly hypoalbuminaemic with oedemas, and serum albumin <40 g/l.