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Definition of the noun deficiency

What does deficiency mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: deficiencies

  1. the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable
    • example: water is the critical deficiency in desert regions
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonyms of deficiency: lack / want
    • more generic words: demand / need = a condition requiring relief
    • more specific terms:
      • absence = the state of being absent
      • shortage / dearth / famine = an acute insufficiency
      • deficit = a deficiency or failure in neurological or mental functioning
      • mineral deficiency = lack of a mineral micronutrient that is essential for normal nutrition or metabolism
      • shortness = the condition of being short of something
      • stringency / tightness = a state occasioned by scarcity of money and a shortage of credit
  2. lack of an adequate quantity or number

Alternative definition of the noun deficiency


  1. [uncountable] Inadequacy or incompleteness.
  2. [countable] An insufficiency, especially of something essential to health.

Specialised definition of the noun deficiency

Glossary of sports

a lack of something necessary, especially a nutrient (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

a failure to reach the required standard in something (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)


Deficiency is a musical group.

  • album: "The Prodigal Child"


"Deficiency" is a book by Andrew Neiderman.

  • genre: Speculative fiction
  • subject: Genetic engineering
  • copyright: 2004-08


Deficiency: In medicine, a deficiency is a lack or shortage of a functional entity, by less than normal or necessary supply or function.

Phrases with Deficiency

Phrase starting with the word Deficiency:

  1. deficiency disease

Phrases ending with the word Deficiency:

  1. mass deficiency
  2. zinc deficiency
  3. Boron deficiency
  4. Curve Deficiency
  5. mental deficiency
  6. lactase deficiency
  7. mineral deficiency
  8. color vision deficiency
  9. colour vision deficiency
  10. Ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency

Other phrases containing the word Deficiency:

  1. iron deficiency anemia
  2. iron deficiency anaemia
  3. vitamin-deficiency diet
  4. acquired immune deficiency syndrome

Printed books with definitions for Deficiency

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Google previewAtlas of Immunology, Third Edition (2010)

by Julius M. Cruse, MD, PhD, Robert E. Lewis

C3 deficiency is an extremely uncommon genetic disorder that may be associated with repeated serious pyogenic bacterial infections...

Google previewInherited Bleeding Disorders in Women (2009)

by Christine A. Lee, Rezan Kadir, Peter Kouides

Factor II deficiency is the rarest inherited bleeding disorder and is inherited in an autosomal recessive manner [11]. Newborn bleeding...

Google previewSmith's Anesthesia for Infants and Children (2010)

Expert Consult Premium by Peter J. Davis, Franklyn P. Cladis, Etsuro K. Motoyama

Factor XIII deficiency is a rare bleeding disorder that is inherited in an autosomalrecessive manner and has an estimated incidence of 1 in 2...

Much more common than an inherited factor VII deficiency is an acquired factor VII deficiency.

Google previewNeonatal Hematology (2013)

Pathogenesis, Diagnosis, and Management of Hematologic Problems by Pedro De Alarc N., Eric Werner, Robert D. Christensen

deficiency is the second most common glycolytic enzymopathy associated with hemolysis.

deficiency is a unique cause of hemolytic anemia; red cells show partial PFK deficiency, with about 50%...

The most reasonable explanation for hemolysis in P5'N deficiency is that retained aggregates of ribosomes produce direct membrane injury, ...

Google previewMovement Disorders in Childhood (2010)

by Harvey S. Singer

Triosephosphate Isomerase Deficiency Triosephosphate isomerase (TPI) deficiency is an autosomal recessive disorder...

PDH deficiency is a commonly identified cause of lactic acidosis in children with metabolic symptoms that vary from mild ...

Google previewTietz Textbook of Clinical Chemistry and Molecular Diagnostics (2012)

by Carl A. Burtis, Edward R. Ashwood, David E. Bruns

PAI-1 deficiency is an important consideration in patients with convincing bleeding histories because antifibrinolytic therapies may be beneficial. PAI-1 deficiency is a difficult diagnosis to make and requires exclusion of more common ...

Google previewCo-morbidities in Heart Failure, An Issue of Heart Failure Clinics, (2014)

by Faiez Zannad

Among anemic HF patients, iron deficiency is the most common form of hematinic deficiency. Iron deficiency in HF patients, with or without anemia, confers increased risk of mortality and Erythropoiesis-stimulating agents are no longer an ...

Google previewHematology (2013)

Basic Principles and Practice by Ronald Hoffman, Leslie E. Silberstein, Helen Heslop, Jeffrey Weitz

GPI deficiency is an autosomal recessive disorder and is one of the four most common erythrocyte enzymopathies, including...

Hexokinase deficiency is a rare cause of congenital ...

Google previewHematology: Diagnosis and Treatment (2013)

by Ronald Hoffman, Edward J. Benz Jr., Leslie E. Silberstein, Helen Heslop, Jeffrey Weitz, John Anastasi

GPI deficiency is an autosomal recessive disorder and is one of the four most common erythrocyte enzymopathies, including...

Hexokinase deficiency is a rare cause of congenital ...

Google previewThe Bethesda Handbook of Clinical Hematology (2013)

by Griffin P Rodgers, Neal S. Young

deficiency is associated with over 150 genetic mutations.17 PK deficiency is the second most common enzymopathy associated with congenital nonspherocytic hemolytic anemia with a ...

Google previewMicronutrient Deficiencies in Global Crop Production (2008)

by Brian J. Alloway

Zinc deficiency is the most ubiquitous micronutrient problem throughout the world affecting many crops including the staples maize, rice and wheat. Boron deficiency is the second most widespread micronutrient problem and dicotyledon ...

Google previewNutritional influences on human neurocognitive functioning (2014)

by Michael Smith, Andrew Scholey

Keywords: nutrition, iron deficiency, cognitive development, learning, memory, hippocampus INTRODUCTION Iron deficiency is the primary cause of anemia, which affects roughly one-quarter of the world's population (McLean et al., 2009).

Google previewSmall Animal Pediatrics (2010)

The First 12 Months of Life by Michael E. Peterson, Michelle Kutzler

Like FVIII deficiency, FIX deficiency is an X-linked disorder; thus males are more commonly affected, and females are...

Prekallikrein deficiency is a rare disorder in domestic animals and has been reported in a dog (Poodle) but not in cats.

Google previewExperimental Hematology Today—1988 (2013)

Selected Papers from the 17th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Experimental Hematology August 21–25, 1988, Houston, Texas, USA by Siegmund J. Baum, Karel A. Dicke, Eva Lotzova, Dov H. Pluznik

deficiency is the most common urea cycle disorder in humans...

OTC deficiency is a dominant X-linked disease (Xp21.1) and the homozygous males are more severely affected than heterozygote ...

Google previewNelson Textbook of Pediatrics E-Book (2015)

by Robert M. Kliegman, Bonita M.D. Stanton, Joseph St. Geme, Nina F Schor

Paul Scott Factor XI deficiency is an autosomal deficiency associated with mild to moderate bleeding symptoms.

Google previewde Swiet's Medical Disorders in Obstetric Practice (2010)

by Raymond Powrie, Michael Greene, William Camann

Factor XI deficiency is a rare inherited bleeding disorder and not frequently encountered by anesthesiologists. The risk/ benefit ratio for neuraxial anesthesia is influenced by the fact that the bleeding tendency ...

Google previewNutrition Through the Life Cycle (2016)

by CTI Reviews

A Deficiency is a lack of something.

Google previewJIMD Reports - Case and Research Reports, 2012/2 (2012)

by Verena Peters

APRT deficiency is a rare defect of uric acid catabolism that leads to the accumulation of 2,8 dihydroxyadenine (2,8-DHA), a highly insoluble substance excreted by the kidneys that may precipitate in urine and The authors Giuseppina Marra ...

Google previewNursing homes : sustained efforts are essential to realize potential of the quality initiatives : report to congressional requesters

An A-level deficiency is the least serious and ...

Google previewMineral Nutrition of Rice (2013)

by N.K. Fageria

Iron deficiency is a complex disorder, and it occurs in response to multiple soil, environmental, and genetic factors (Wiersma 2005).

Google previewJIMD Reports - (2014)

by Johannes Zschocke, K Michael Gibson, Garry Brown, Eva Morava, Verena Peters

Wamelink• Wafaa Eyaid # SSIEM and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013 Abstract Transaldolase deficiency is a newly recognized metabolic disorder .

Google previewMolecular Biology, Principles of Genome Function (2016)

Biology, Molecular biology by CTI Reviews

Glycerol Kinase Deficiency is an Xlinked recessive enzyme defect that is heterozygous in nature.

Google previewCalcium and Phosphate Metabolism Management in Chronic Renal Disease (2007)

by Chen H. Hsu

The deficiency is a function of re- duced 1α-hydroxylase activity and subsequent conversion of 25-vitamin D by the...

25-Vitamin D Identifying patients with 25- vitamin D deficiency is an important first step in the evaluation of SHPT and a ...

Google previewPediatric Primary Care (2012)

by Catherine E. Burns, Ardys M. Dunn, Margaret A. Brady, Nancy Barber Starr, Catherine G. Blosser, Dawn Lee Garzon

Red-green color deficiency is an X-linked inherited disorder or may indicate optic nerve disease. Inherited color deficiencies are more common...

Blue-yellow deficiency is the most common type of acquired color ...

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Quotes about Deficiency

Where any one body of educated men, of whatever denomination, are condemned indiscriminately, there must be a deficiency of information, or... of something else. (Jane Austen)
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Scrabble value of D2E1F4I1C3I1E1N1C3Y4

The value of this 10-letter word is 21 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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