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Related to avitaminosis: hypervitaminosis
disease due to deficiency of vitamins in the diet. adj., adj avitaminot´ic.
n. pl. avitamino·ses (-sēz)
A disease, such as scurvy, beriberi, or pellagra, caused by deficiency of one or more essential vitamins.
a·vi′ta·min·ot′ic (-nŏt′ĭk) adj.
Etymology: Gk, a, not; L, vita, life, amine, osis, condition
avitaminosisThe state of vitamin deficiency or a disorder caused by a deficiency of one or more vitamins.
Nutritional deficiency state characterized by relative insufficiency of one or more vitamins in the diet; manifested first by depletion of tissue levels, then by functional changes, and finally by appearance of morphologic lesions.
n a disease or condition resulting from a deficiency of one or more vitamins in the diet (e.g., scurvy, resulting from ascorbic acid deficiency, and beriberi, resulting from a thiamine deficiency).
n a disease resulting from deficiency of the fat-soluble vitamins (i.e., A, D, E, and K).
disease due to deficiency of vitamins in the diet. See also nutritional deficiency under each vitamin.