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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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(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)
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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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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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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|Noun||1.||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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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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