Starvation

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Starvation Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

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  • the act of depriving of food or subjecting to famine; "the beseigers used starvation to induce surrender"; "they were charged with the starvation of children in their care"
  • a state of extreme hunger resulting from lack of essential nutrients over a prolonged period

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  • a state of extreme hunger resulting from lack of essential nutrients over a prolonged period ,
  • the act of depriving of food or subjecting to famine; "the besiegers used starvation to induce surrender"; "they were charged with the starvation of children in their care"

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Starvation Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


Starvation is when a person or animal has not eaten food for such a time that they are unable to do things in a normal way.

After the stomach has been left empty for so long the body starts to give up.

There are many effects of starvation. These can include:

The metabolism naturally lowers when a person is starved. This makes weight loss slower. Consistently not being able to eat enough will lead to permanent damage to the organs. This is the case for humans when they do not eat enough for about 1-2 months. A process called catabolysis will break down usable resources, to keep vital functions (the nervous system and the heart working. It will first turn to muscles before it turns to fat).



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'Starvation' example sentence in quotations


* The poor on the borderline of starvation live purposeful lives. To be engaged in a desperate struggle for food and shelter is to be wholly free from a sense of futility. - Eric Hoffer

* One should as a rule respect public opinion in so far as is necessary to avoid starvation and to keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny, and is likely to interfere with happiness in all kinds of ways. - Bertrand Russell


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Starvation Sample Sentences in News


  • Couple sent to trial in son's starvation death
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A couple charged in the starvation death of their 9-year-old son were ordered Thursday to stand trial on charges of criminal homicide after a hearing in which a police detective described discovering the child's decomposing body. Read more on this news related to 'Starvation'
  • Judges orders couple to stand trial in son's starvation death; decomposing body found in home
    A couple charged in the starvation death of their 9-year-old son were ordered Thursday to stand trial on charges of criminal homicide after a hearing in which a police detective described discovering the child's decomposing body. Read more on this news related to 'Starvation'
  • Court testimony fogs claims against mothers in child starvation case
    SALINAS >> Although a March search warrant said an 8-year-old girl was chained and starved by her adoptive mothers, the sheriff's deputy who removed the girl and her brothers from the home testified Friday she had not seen any chains. Read more on this news related to 'Starvation'

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