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zinc deficiency

a condition resulting from insufficient amounts of zinc in the diet. It is characterized by abnormal fatigue, decreased alertness, a decrease in taste and odor sensitivity, poor appetite, retarded growth, delayed sexual maturity, prolonged healing of wounds, and susceptibility to infection and injury. Other conditions that may precipitate the deficiency include alcoholic cirrhosis and other liver diseases, ulcers, and myocardial infarction. Prophylaxis and treatment consist of a diet of foods high in protein that are also rich in zinc, including meats, eggs, liver, seafood, legumes, nuts, peanut butter, milk, and whole-grain cereals.
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Zinc deficiency causing hemorrhagic dermatitis

zinc deficiency

A condition caused by inadequate dietary ingestion of zinc, and characterised by dermatitis, diarrhoea, delayed hypersensitivity response, fatigue, hair loss, loss of taste, difficult pregnancy, retarded growth, hypogonadism, poor wound healing, and in children, stunted growth and sexual development.

zinc deficiency

A condition caused by inadequate ingestion of zinc Clinical Dermatitis–cheeks, elbows and knees and tissue about the mouth and anus, diarrhea, delayed hypersensitivity response, fatigue, hair loss–balding of the scalp, eyebrows and lashes, loss of taste, difficult pregnancy, anemia, hyperpigmentation, hepatosplenomegaly, hypogonadism, poor wound healing; in children, stunted growth and sexual development, recurrent infections due to immune deficiency. See Acrodermatitis enteropathica, Zinc.

zinc deficiency (zinkˑ d·fiˑ ·shn·sē),

n insufficient levels of zinc in the body to support optimal functioning. Leads to weight loss, hypogonadism in males, short stature, delayed wound healing, growth retardation, and other effects.
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Zinc deficiency causing hemorrhagic dermatitis.
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Institute of Medicine (2001) supported the fact that zinc deficiency has become a leading risk factor for a number of diseases and disorders prevailing worldwide.
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However, in countries where zinc deficiency is common, supplements may help to reduce child deaths and related diseases in the short-term.
Study authors concluded the benefits of preventative zinc supplementation outweigh the harms in areas where the risk of zinc deficiency is relatively high.
Even acne, boils, dermatitis, psoriasis and white marks on fingernails can indicate zinc deficiency," says Dr Sachdeva.
In higher plants, ethanol is making in the root tip meristematic tissue under aerobic conditions, alcohol dehydrogenase enzyme declined by zinc deficiency in plants, as a result root development reduced [15,16].