Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia.


 (no͞o-trĭsh′ən, nyo͞o-)
1. The process of nourishing or being nourished, especially the process by which a living organism assimilates food and uses it for growth and for replacement of tissues.
2. The science or study that deals with food and nourishment, especially in humans.
3. A source of nourishment; food.

[Middle English nutricion, from Old French nutrition, from Late Latin nūtrītiō, nūtrītiōn-, from Latin nūtrītus, past participle of nūtrīre, to suckle; see (s)nāu- in Indo-European roots.]

nu·tri′tion·al adj.
nu·tri′tion·al·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.nutritionally - with regard to nutrition; "nutritionally, her new diet is suicide"
References in periodicals archive ?
The program is intended to provide a nutritionally balanced meal to children who may be nutritionally deprived during the summer recess when the free and reduced-price lunch programs are not available.
For the first time, consumers will be able to go to the frozen section, choose an Eat Balanced pizza and get a nutritionally balanced meal for the whole family".
Red Gold has added Nutritionally Enhanced Marinara Sauce and Fully-Prepared Pizza Sauce under to its Redpack label.
In addition, three of the most popular prepared tomato-based sauces are now Nutritionally Enhanced by providing Excellent Sources of essential Vitamins A, C and E.
Natick Soldier Center and Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, for Nutritionally Optimized First Strike Rations
Despite the widespread acceptance of plant-based diets, there are still people who question whether a very lowfat vegan diet can be nutritionally adequate.
In addition to following a sound diet, nutritional supplements--vitamins and minerals, sometimes called "micronutrients"--are necessary because the food Americans consume "is being grown in increasingly nutritionally depleted soil," contend the Millers.
Some diets are nutritionally sound on paper, but they effectively tell the dieter what to eat and when, according to someone else's rules--and human nature, complete with its changeable tastes, cravings, and moods, will sooner or later resist the morass of tangled rules and regulations.
It also allows you to develop nutritionally fortified products.
Though she adds, "While most shakes and shake mixes have cleaned up their act nutritionally it's still important to make sure you get two 'real' meals a day if you have a meal replacement.
Beginning with an introductory section of "Scratch Basics", Homemade In No Time: 400 Great-tasting Recipes From Convenience Foods from Better Homes and Gardens is the perfect cookbook for the time-stressed kitchen chef that have has their common factors an ease of application, a brevity of preparation time, and a palate pleasing, appetite satisfying, nutritionally nurturing culinary outcome.
If we don't meet the challenge, our residents will continue to experience weight loss and dissatisfaction, and facilities will continue to be found nutritionally deficient.