[ UK /dɪfˈɪʃənsi/ ]
[ US /dɪˈfɪʃənsi/ ]
  1. the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable
    water is the critical deficiency in desert regions
    for want of a nail the shoe was lost
    there is a serious lack of insight into the problem
  2. lack of an adequate quantity or number
    the inadequacy of unemployment benefits
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How To Use deficiency In A Sentence

  • Acquired forms of growth hormone deficiency include tumors of the pituitary, hypothalamus and optic nerve.
  • A pale complexion can also signal iron deficiency anaemia. The Sun
  • Alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency: a hereditary disease that can cause hepatitis and liver failure. Who needs a liver transplant?
  • Rarely, a person with iron-deficiency anemia may experience pica, a craving to eat nonfood items such as paint chips, chalk, or dirt.
  • - Amino acid deficiency - Amino acids such as phenylalanine, tyrosine and tryptophan provide the basis for the body's production of important neuro-transmitters in the body. Netvouz - new bookmarks
  • Iron sucrose is a hematinic agent that was recently approved by the FDA for the treatment of iron deficiency anemia in patients undergoing chronic hemodialysis who are receiving concomitant erythropoietin therapy.
  • The particular form of idiocy known as cretinism is the result of this deficiency, which produces an arrest of the development of the brain cells. The Pivot of Civilization
  • The inevitable reduction in the amount of time likely to be given to singing challenges the Church to remedy this deficiency.
  • Zenuk C, Healey J, Donnelly J, et al. Thiamine deficiency in congestive heart failure patients receiving long term furosemide therapy. Hyla Cass, M.D.: Is Your Medication Robbing You of Nutrients Part 2: Getting Specific
  • As physical stress increases the body's needs for many vitamins and minerals, intercurrent infections also induce a relative nutrient deficiency, especially in chronic (long-term) grumbling types of infection e.g. acute cystitis, vaginal bacterial imbalance. Miscarriage
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