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A deficiency, misappropriation, or defalcation; a minus balance; something wanting.

Deficit is commonly used to mean any kind of shortage, as in an account, a number, or a balance due. Deficit spending or financing involves taking in less money than the amount that is paid out.


Federal Budget.


n. a shortage, less than is due, or in the case of a business or government budget, more expenditures than income. Unbalanced budgets with a planned year-end deficit are prohibited at every level of government except the federal.


noun absence, arrears, balance to pay, dearth, default, deficiency, financial shortage, inadequacy, insufficiency, lack, loss, meagerness, omission, overdraft, paucity, scantiness, scarcity, shortage, shortness
See also: arrears, debt, decrement, deficiency, delinquency, due, insufficiency, need, poverty

DEFICIT. This Latin term signifies that something is wanting. It is used to express the deficiency which is discovered in the accounts of an accountant, or in the money in which he has received.

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Pela avaliadoo da prega cutánea triciptal (PCT), pode-se perceber que todas mulheres avaliadas apresentavam déficit de massa de gordura, sendo que 71,43% apresentavam maior gravidade.
Em relação à circunferência muscular do braço (CMB), pode-se observar, para ambos os sexos, o predomínio de indivíduos eutróficos, porém 28,57% das mulheres apresentavam desnutrição leve, e 42,83% dos homens apresentavam algum grau de desnutrição, o que demonstra que o déficit de massa livre de gordura foi mais frequente nos homens.
1989), o déficit de massa de gordura foi observado mais frequentemente nas mulheres, e o déficit de massa muscular foi mais observado entre os homens.