- A function of living plants and animals, consisting of the ingestion and metabolism of food material whereby tissue is built up and energy liberated.
- The study of the food and liquid requirements of human beings or animals for normal physiologic function, including energy, need, maintenance, growth, activity, reproduction, and lactation.
[L. nutritio, fr. nutrio, to nourish]
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