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


  • North Korea defector: Prisoners ate babies out of starvation
    UNITED NATIONS – “There was no food, no ration at all. There was a woman even killing babies to eat.” North Korean defector Kim Hye-Sook detailed her experience of suffering in a prison camp for 28 years, and urged the United Nations to recommend prosecuting the reclusive state for crimes against ... Read more on this news related to 'Starvation'
  • Parents of autistic Pennsylvania boy charged in starvation death
    Police in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, charged the parents of a 9-year-old autistic boy with homicide on Monday in their son's starvation death in July. Jarrod Tutko Jr. weighed just 16.9 pounds and measured 42 inches tall at the time of his death, Dauphin County District Attorney Edward Marsico and city police said at a news conference. Jarrod N. Tutko Sr., 38, Read more on this news related to 'Starvation'
  • MIT study claims 'Mars One' mission passengers could die of starvation
    Thor Benson AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Doctoral students at MIT have released a study claiming the 'Mars One' mission passengers could die of starvation. Read more on this news related to 'Starvation'

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