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1. excluding meat.
2. one who follows a vegetarian diet.
vegetarian diet one in which no meat is eaten. The strictly vegetarian (or vegan) diet allows no foods of animal origin. Maintenance of this diet requires a firm commitment to restriction of dietary intake, an extensive knowledge of dietary principles, and detailed planning to ensure nutritional adequacy. Deficiencies most likely to occur in a person who faithfully adheres to a vegetarian diet are those of protein, vitamin B12, riboflavin, vitamin D, and calcium.

There are variations of the so-called vegetarian diet in which animal products such as eggs and cheese are allowed: a lacto-vegetarian diet allows milk and milk products but prohibits the intake of meat, poultry, fish, and eggs. An ovo-lacto-vegetarian diet allows all foods from plants plus eggs, milk, and other dairy products. An ovo-vegetarian diet allows eggs and foods of plant origin but prohibits meat, milk, and other dairy products.
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One whose diet is restricted to foods of vegetable origin, excluding primarily animal meats. Compare: vegan.
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One who practices vegetarianism.
1. Of or relating to vegetarianism or vegetarians.
2. Consisting primarily or wholly of vegetables or plants: a vegetarian diet.
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adjective Referring to a diet devoid of meat.

noun A person who eats vegetables, with little to no consumption of animal proteins. 

Vegetarian types
Frutarian (Raw food eater)
Consumes only fruits (which some also define as vegetables, nuts and sprouted beans or grains); frutarians typically eschew fats, oils, sugar, salt and other flavourings.

Vegan (Pure vegetarian, strict vegetarian)
Consumes only plants (vegetables, fruits, grains, beans, nuts); no animal products (meat, fish, dairy products and eggs).

Consumes same foods as vegans, plus dairy products.

Consumes same foods as vegans, as well as dairy products and eggs.

Partial vegetarian
A vegetarian who supplements the diet with fish or poultry.
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One whose diet is restricted to foods of vegetable origin, excluding most animal meats.
Compare: vegan
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One whose diet is restricted to foods of vegetable origin, excluding primarily animal meats.
Compare: vegan
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Patient discussion about vegetarian

Q. Is it really healthyer to be a vegetarian? plus a friend told me that she shed weight by doing that.

A. I wouldn't find it to be any healthier, in fact it should be worse, because you need meat to maintain your muscles. Being a veggie would also deprive you of fruit which is really important for you. So think it over before you make the change.

Q. I don’t want to go on non-vegetarian. This is Tom Greg; I have been vegetarian for about eight months. Often I’m really feeling tired. I’m taking iron supplements but that does not seem to help. Can my vegetarian diet be the reason for getting tired? If so what can I do to stop it, I don’t want to go on non-vegetarian. Thank You.

A. it is a known fact that vegetarians knock at least 10 yrs off their lives just by being vegetarians. you must take in proteins and all the other minerals and vitamins your body and brian needs in order to function and survive. you cannot and will not make it on veggies alone. i know this because i am a doctor. and i would never suggest a vegetarian only diet to anyone. your body must have the vitamins and minerals found in meats and dairy products, no ifs ands or buts about it. if you are going to be strictly on veggies, then yes, you can expect to be tired, and slown down.

Q. Well I’m a vegetarian and I might get anemia. How do I get Iron and protein without meat? My mom my take giant vitamin pills and eat nasty protein bars. It's not as bad killing animals though... Is their any way I can stay healthy? Also being a vegetarian has made me extremely under weight and I am probably going to get anemia if i don't get all my vitamins. HELP!

A. Any news Diana on this? I hope it has worked out for you.

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