negative nitrogen balance


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neg·a·tive ni·tro·gen bal·ance

(negă-tiv nītrŏ-jĕn balăns)
Nonphysiologic state wherein nitrogenous output is greater than nitrogen intake.

neg·a·tive ni·tro·gen bal·ance

(negă-tiv nītrŏ-jĕn balăns)
Nonphysiologic state wherein nitrogenous output exceeds intake.
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Negative nitrogen balance shows that protein breakdown exceeds protein synthesis and is usually due to catabolism or starvation.
In the nonmigratory state both species ate less, lost body mass, and had more negative nitrogen balance as dietary protein decreased.
A study of 57 nonobese patients with mild to moderate chronic heart failure (CHF) showed that more than 70% had a negative calorie balance, and 60% had a negative nitrogen balance, even though the CHF patients had dietary intakes similar to those of 49 healthy but sedentary control subjects.