micronutrient

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micronutrient

 [mi″kro-noo´tre-ent]
a dietary element essential only in small quantities, such as selenium, copper, or manganese.

micronutrient

[-no̅o̅′trē·ənt]
any dietary element essential only in minute amounts for the normal physiological processes of the body, including vitamins and minerals or chemical elements such as zinc or iodine. Also called microelement, trace element.

micronutrient

Any of the necessary minor components of a well-balanced diet, including vitamins and minerals, which are ingested either in relatively large amounts (thus known as macrominerals) or in minimal amounts (known as trace minerals).

micronutrient

Clinical nutrition A minor and necessary component of a balanced diet–eg, vitamins, minerals. See Diet. Cf Macronutrient, Minerals, Non-nutritive dietary component, Vitamins.

micronutrient

any TRACE ELEMENT (e.g. zinc) or compound required in only minute amounts by organisms. Compare MACRONUTRIENT.

micronutrient,

n an organic compound such as a vitamin, or a chemical element such as zinc or iodine, that is essential only in small amounts for the normal physiologic processes of the body.

micronutrient

a dietary element essential only in small quantities.