nitrogen balance

(redirected from negative nitrogen balance)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Acronyms, Encyclopedia.
Related to negative nitrogen balance: positive nitrogen balance

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.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

ni′trogen bal`ance


n.
the difference between the amount of nitrogen taken in and the amount excreted or lost.
[1940–45]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
Birds fed higher fat diets excreted more fat and were more likely to show a negative nitrogen balance. This combination would make the high fat diets more likely to cause plumage contamination and less likely to reverse the catabolic state of the birds.
The use of diets with cottonseed meal as protein source in the concentrate in feeding of lactating goats provides greater nitrogen excretion in urine and negative nitrogen balance, while the concentrate with leucaena hay as a source of protein, provides greater ruminal microbial protein synthesis.
With protein balance, it has been shown that a negative nitrogen balance is more often observed in female athletes than in male athletes.