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 for nutrition
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Nutrition \Nu*tri"tion\, n. [Cf. F. nutrition. See
     1. (Physiol.) In the broadest sense, a process or series of
        processes by which a living organism as a whole (or its
        component parts or organs) is maintained in its normal
        condition of life and growth.
        [1913 Webster]
     Note: In this wide sense it comprehends digestion,
           absorption, circulation, assimilation, etc., in fact
           all of the steps by which the nutritive matter of the
           food is fitted for incorporation with the different
           tissues, and the changes which it undergoes after its
           assimilation, prior to its excretion. See Metabolism.
           [1913 Webster]
     2. (Physiol.) In a more limited sense, the process by which
        the living tissues take up, from the blood, matters
        necessary either for their repair or for the performance
        of their healthy functions.
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     3. That which nourishes; nutriment.
        [1913 Webster]
              Fixed like a plant, on his peculiar spot,
              To draw nutrition, propagate, and rot. --Pope.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: (physiology) the organic process of nourishing or being
           nourished; the processes by which an organism assimilates
           food and uses it for growth and maintenance
      2: a source of materials to nourish the body [syn: nutriment,
         nourishment, nutrition, sustenance, aliment,
         alimentation, victuals]
      3: the scientific study of food and drink (especially in humans)

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  72 Moby Thesaurus words for "nutrition":
     appetite, baking, barbecuing, basting, boiling, braising, brewing,
     broil, broiling, cannibalism, carnivorism, carnivority,
     carnivorousness, catering, chewing, consumption, cookery, cooking,
     cropping, cuisine, culinary science, deglutition, devouring,
     devourment, dieting, dining, domestic science, eating, epulation,
     feasting, feeding, frying, gluttony, gobbling, grazing, grilling,
     herbivorism, herbivority, herbivorousness, home economics, hunger,
     ingestion, licking, manducation, mastication, messing, munching,
     nibbling, omnivorism, omnivorousness, omophagy, pan-broiling,
     pantophagy, pasture, pasturing, pecking, poaching, regalement,
     relishing, roasting, rumination, sauteing, savoring, searing,
     shirring, simmering, steeping, stewing, tasting, toasting,
     vegetarianism, wolfing

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