Kwashiorkor

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West African in origin. Kwashiorkor, literally first-second, meaning 'rejected one' as the arrival of a new baby results in weaning of the older infant from breast milk to often low protein diets.

Manifestation of malnutrition. Regarded as a protein deficiency syndrome, but possibly related to accompanying deficiencies in other micronutrients.

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