Nutrition Terminology

Authored by: Carolyn D. Berdanier

Handbook of Nutrition and Food

Print publication date:  July  2013
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9781466505711
eBook ISBN: 9781466505728
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As with any discipline, nutrition science has its own vocabulary and terminology. It uses many of the same words as do biochemists, physiologists, and medical practitioners. This chapter gives the reader several tables providing this terminology. The first is a table giving the factors for converting the results of laboratory analysis to standard units called SI units. Many scientific journals require the use of these units in manuscripts reporting the results of laboratory investigations. The result, or common component from clinical laboratory assessment, is given in its common form with reference interval and present unit, followed by the conversion factor that is used to convert the result into SI units, its reference intervals, significant digits, and suggested minimum increment. These standard units for expressing biological data are listed in Table 10.1. 1

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