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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.]

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]

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]

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.

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.
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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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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Under the "Anti-cow-slaughter Law" the Dalits are more prone to suffer from sicknesses like kwashiorkor and marasmus, besides anaemia, tuberculosis, poor mental and physical development.
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Managed malnutrition cases like kwashiorkor, marasmus, wasting syndrome and obesity at both community and health facility (out-patient and in-patient care) by use of either therapeutic feeds or supplemental feeds and modified diets.
In children, it can stunt growth and cause kwashiorkor, a condition resulting from inadequate protein intake.
In light of the anthropometric values, anorexia, fecal morphology, and symmetric pedal edema, acute kwashiorkor was diagnosed, and nutritional rehabilitation was begun.
Severe hypophosphatemia in children with kwashiorkor is associated with increased mortality.
There was one child with pulmonary tuberculosis and features of Kwashiorkor disease, her liver biopsy showed fatty changes, with no evidence of granuloma.