Dictionary Meaning and Definition on '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 \Nu"tri*ent\, a. [L. nutriens, p. pr. of nutrire. See
Nutritious; nourishing; promoting growth. -- n. Any substance
which has nutritious qualities, i. e., which nourishes or
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.[See more about Nutrient at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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