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Vitamin A Deficiency MeSH Descriptor Data 2021


MeSH Heading
Vitamin A Deficiency
Tree Number(s)
C18.654.521.500.133.628
Unique ID
D014802
RDF Unique Identifier
http://id.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/D014802
Scope Note
A nutritional condition produced by a deficiency of VITAMIN A in the diet, characterized by NIGHT BLINDNESS and other ocular manifestations such as dryness of the conjunctiva and later of the cornea (XEROPHTHALMIA). Vitamin A deficiency is a very common problem worldwide, particularly in developing countries as a consequence of famine or shortages of vitamin A-rich foods. In the United States it is found among the urban poor, the elderly, alcoholics, and patients with malabsorption. (From Cecil Textbook of Medicine, 19th ed, p1179)
Entry Version
VITAMIN A DEFIC
Entry Term(s)
Deficiency, Vitamin A
NLM Classification #
QU 167
See Also
Night Blindness
Xerophthalmia
Date Established
1966/01/01
Date of Entry
1999/01/01
Revision Date
2009/07/06
Vitamin A Deficiency Preferred
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