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Nutrient Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    nutrient adj : of or providing nourishment; "good nourishing stew" [syn: alimentary, alimental, nourishing, nutritious, nutritive] n : any substance that can be metabolized by an organism to give energy and build tissue [syn: food]
Nutrient Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Nutrient \Nu"tri*ent\, a. [L. nutriens, p. pr. of nutrire. See Nourish.] Nutritious; nourishing; promoting growth. -- n. Any substance which has nutritious qualities, i. e., which nourishes or promotes growth.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Nutrient'

A nutrient is a chemical that an organism needs to live and grow or a substance used in an organism's metabolism which must be taken in from its environment. Nutrients are the substances that enrich the body. They are used to build and repair tissues, regulate body processes and converted to and used as energy. Methods for nutrient intake vary, with animals and protists consuming foods that are digested by an internal digestive system, but most plants ingest nutrients directly from the soil through their roots or from the atmosphere.

Organic nutrients include carbohydrates, fats, proteins (or their building blocks, amino acids), and vitamins. Inorganic chemical compounds such as dietary minerals, water, and oxygen may also be considered nutrients.

See healthy diet for more information on the role of nutrients in human nutrition.

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* Water is the most neglected nutrient in your diet but one of the most vital. - Kelly Barton

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  • Composted Livestock Manure Produces Nutrient-Rich Fertilizer
    SEATTLE, July 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As the population grows, fertilizers for crops and pasture grass are increasingly in demand including the potential of packaged cow manure as compost fertilizer for retail and commercial applications, according to the Washington Dairy Products Commission. Organic cow manure is a nutrient that helps crops and pasture grass pro Read more on this news related to 'Nutrient'
  • Portage la Prairie Looks to Nutrient Recovery Technologies to Reduce Pollution
    PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, MB and VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- A pilot program underway at the City of Portage la Prairie's Water Pollution Control Facility (WPCF) is evaluating innovative technologies to help ... Read more on this news related to 'Nutrient'
  • Multi-nutrient rice kernels can fill gaps in rice fortification - The Mindanao Examiner
    MANILA (Mindanao Examiner / July 23, 2014) - Did you know that rice fortification in the Philippines began in the early 1940’s and was conceptualized by Dr. R.R. Williams, who also discovered Vitamin B1 or thiamine? Read more on this news related to 'Nutrient'

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