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Meaning of "kwashiorkor" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD KWASHIORKOR

From a native word in Ghana.
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PRONUNCIATION OF KWASHIORKOR

kwashiorkor  [ˌkwæʃɪˈɔːkə] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF KWASHIORKOR

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Kwashiorkor is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES KWASHIORKOR MEAN IN ENGLISH?

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Kwashiorkor

Kwashiorkor /kwɑːʃiˈɔrkər/ is a form of severe protein-energy malnutrition characterized by edema, irritability, anorexia, ulcerating dermatoses, and an enlarged liver with fatty infiltrates. Sufficient calorie intake, but with insufficient protein consumption, distinguishes it from marasmus. Kwashiorkor cases occur in areas of famine or poor food supply. Cases in the developed world are rare. Jamaican pediatrician Cicely Williams introduced the name into the medical community in her 1935 Lancet article. The name is derived from the Ga language of coastal Ghana, translated as "the sickness the baby gets when the new baby comes", and reflecting the development of the condition in an older child who has been weaned from the breast when a younger sibling comes. Breast milk contains proteins and amino acids vital to a child's growth. In at-risk populations, kwashiorkor may develop after a mother weans her child from breast milk, replacing it with a diet high in carbohydrates, especially starches, but deficient in protein.

Definition of kwashiorkor in the English dictionary

The definition of kwashiorkor in the dictionary is severe malnutrition of infants and young children, esp soon after weaning, resulting from dietary deficiency of protein.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH KWASHIORKOR


cawker
ˈkɔːkə
corker
ˈkɔːkə
deerstalker
ˈdɪəˌstɔːkə
forker
ˈfɔːkə
gawker
ˈɡɔːkə
hawker
ˈhɔːkə
jaywalker
ˈdʒeɪwɔːkə
Majorca
məˈjɔːkə
Minorca
mɪˈnɔːkə
moonwalker
ˈmuːnˌwɔːkə
nightwalker
ˈnaɪtˌwɔːkə
orca
ˈɔːkə
sleepwalker
ˈsliːpˌwɔːkə
smooth-talker
ˈsmuːðˌtɔːkə
spacewalker
ˈspeɪsˌwɔːkə
stalker
ˈstɔːkə
talker
ˈtɔːkə
waka
ˈwɔːkə
walker
ˈwɔːkə
yorker
ˈjɔːkə

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE KWASHIORKOR

kwacha
kwaito
Kwajalein
Kwakiutl
Kwan Yin
Kwangchow
Kwangchowan
Kwangju
Kwangsi-Chuang Autonomous Region
Kwangtung
Kwantung Leased Territory
kwanza

WORDS THAT END LIKE KWASHIORKOR

actor
administrator
advisor
and/or
Angkor
anterior
author
be all for
be in the market for
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color
creator
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director
doctor
door
Ecuador
for
interior
Yizkor

Synonyms and antonyms of kwashiorkor in the English dictionary of synonyms

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Translation of «kwashiorkor» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF KWASHIORKOR

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The translations of kwashiorkor from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «kwashiorkor» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

恶性营养不良
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

kwashiorkor
570 millions of speakers

English

kwashiorkor
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

Kwashiorkor
380 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Arabic

نقص البروتين
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

квашиоркор
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

kwashiorkor
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

গ্রীষ্মপ্রধান অঞ্চলে খাদ্যে প্রোটিনের অভাবজনিত একধরনের শিশুরোগ
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

kwashiorkor
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Kwashiorkor
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Kwashiorkor
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

クワシオルコル
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

kwashiorkor
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Kwashiorkor
85 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Vietnamese

Kwashiorkor
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

குவாஷியோர்கர்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

क्वाशीओर्कर
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

kwashiorkor
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

kwashiorkor
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

kwashiorkor
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

квашиоркор
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

kwashiorkor
30 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Greek

kwashiorkor
15 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Afrikaans

kwasjiorkor
14 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Swedish

kwashiorkor
10 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Norwegian

kwashiorkor
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of kwashiorkor

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «KWASHIORKOR»

The term «kwashiorkor» is normally little used and occupies the 121.812 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «KWASHIORKOR» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about kwashiorkor

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «KWASHIORKOR»

Discover the use of kwashiorkor in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to kwashiorkor and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Understanding Normal and Clinical Nutrition
The edema characteristic of kwashiorkor is apparent in this child's swollen belly. Malnourished children commonly have an enlarged abdomen from parasites as well. ♢ For this reason, kwashiorkor is sometimes re- ferred to as “wet” PEM and ...
Sharon Rady Rolfes, Kathryn Pinna, Ellie Whitney, 2011
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TEXTBOOK OF BIOCHEMISTRY AND HUMAN BIOLOGY
BIOCHEMICAL ALTERATIONS A. Serum and Tissue Proteins In kwashiorkor, a reduction in albumin, u, -globulin (ceruloplasmin), and p-globulins, including sidero- philin, is consistently observed. The y-globulins are not affected; in fact, they ...
G. P. TALWAR, L .M. SRIVASTAVA, 2002
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Nutrition: Concepts and Controversies
Kwashiorkor Kwashiorkor is the Ghanaian name for "the evil spirit that infects the first child when the second child is born." In countries where kwashiorkor is prevalent, each baby is weaned from breast milk as soon as the next one comes  ...
Frances Sizer, Ellie Whitney, 2007
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Nutrition in Pediatrics: Basic Science, Clinical Applications
Studies in Ghana on children without sign of infection found raised concentrations of C-reactive protein in kwashiorkor and to a lesser extent in marasmus.56 Alpha- 1 acid glycoprotein levels were raised in kwashiorkor in Thai children.54 On ...
Christopher Duggan, John B. Watkins, W. Allan Walker, 2008
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Tropical Health: A Report on a Study of Needs and Resources
The entity has been recognized only recently and the use of the term " kwashiorkor" to indicate this polydeficiency disease is not universal in the literature. Although this condition can doubtless be found anywhere in the underdeveloped ...
‎1962
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New Scientist
If it is proved to cause kwashiorkor too, then it follows that the most widely-used treatment for kwashiorkor, supplementation of the diet with protein will do more harm than good. But it also means that kwashiorkor can be reduced or even ...
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Understanding Nutrition
The edema characteristic of kwashiorkor is apparent in this child's swollen belly. Malnourished children commonly have an enlarged abdomen from parasites as well. For this reason, kwashiorkor is sometimes re- ♢ ferred to as “wet” PEM and ...
Eleanor Whitney, Sharon Rady Rolfes, 2010
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Manson's Tropical Diseases
Studies in malnourished children in some (but not all) areas have demonstrated higher frequency and concentration of aflatox- ins in blood of kwashiorkor than marasmus patients, and afla- toxical, a reversible derivative of aflatoxin B1; has ...
Gordon C. Cook, Alimuddin I. Zumla, 2009
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Nutrition, Immunity and Infection
These clinical presentations of severe childhood malnutrition often referred to as protein–energy malnutrition (PEM) are kwashiorkor, marasmus and the mixed condition of marasmic kwashiorkor. In marasmus there is severe loss of body ...
Prakash S. Shetty, 2010
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Diarrhoeal Diseases Research
Pathophysiologically, a marasmic child can be differentiated from a kwashiorkor child by the presence of oedema or retention of body water in kwashiorkor (45). In marasmus, tissue content of visceral protein is preserved for longer time at the  ...

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «KWASHIORKOR»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term kwashiorkor is used in the context of the following news items.
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Everything you should know about protein intake - The Times of India
Kwashiorkor is a kind of deficiency very commonly found in children, which can lead to losing of blood protein, liver damage and edema. «Times of India, Jul 15»
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Is it our moral obligation to help the poor? — Hajar Halil
Consequently, communities received an unequal economic distribution and suffer from famine created by major disease like Kwashiorkor and ... «Malay Mail Online, Jul 15»
3
NPP will move GNPC offices to Western Region – MP
He added that “Ghana is developed like Kwashiorkor, because consistently the kind of development that most governments have pursued in ... «GhanaWeb, Jul 15»
4
Panic As Mystery Disease Kills Five Children in One Week
She said most of the children had kwashiorkor. "Cases of malnutrition disorder are on the rise at the hospital and we have put them in a special ... «AllAfrica.com, Jul 15»
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Why We Should Bridge the Gap Between Research and Policy
Think of a school of medicine situated somewhere on the outskirts of an urban centre while children in the vicinity suffer from Kwashiorkor and ... «AllAfrica.com, Jul 15»
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Malnutrition during pregnancy risks child's health
"On the other hand, Kwashiorkor disease stops children's physical development and causes a color change in the child's body. Hair color also ... «Daily Sabah, Jul 15»
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Bike fundraiser acknowledges rural health care similarities
... diseases along with ailments such as pneumonia, urinary tract infections, diarrhea and kwashiorkor and from trauma and accidents. «Sioux Falls Argus Leader, Jul 15»
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Being on Exile as a Child I Struggled to Speak My Mother Tongue …
While living in exile, I always noticed the negative portrayal of Africa as a dark continent with famines and babies with Kwashiorkor. This is not ... «THISDAY Live, Jul 15»
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California hospital chain's top ratings undeserved, state lawmakers …
In an effort to rebut a CIR story about Prime's kwashiorkor billings, a hospital executive emailed a patient's medical records to hundreds of people without ... «Reveal, Jul 15»
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Buhari vs Jonathan: Beyond the Election, by Charles Soludo
... account while his children were dying of kwashiorkor. He pointed out that since it is the likes of Peter Obi who are the advisers to Jonathan on ... «Eagle Reporters, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Kwashiorkor [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/kwashiorkor>. Apr 2020 ».
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