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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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In shock, the oxygen deficit is only a "snapshot" calculated as the difference between baseline "normal" VO [sub]2 and the VO [sub]2 measured at a particular time; however, oxygen debt accumulates over time.
The maximally accumulated oxygen deficit as an indicator of anaerobic capacity.
Increased oxygen use, in turn, causes oxygen deficits in several key cells, particularly in hepatocytes located near the small hepatic veins.
Soil oxygen deficits can restrict plant performance directly through root metabolism or indirectly by changed plant nutrient availability (Trought and Drew, 1980).
The reality is that when careful measurements are done assessing the pO2 (oxygen level) of the myocardial cells during an MI, to the huge surprise of many, there is no oxygen deficit ever shown in an evolving MI.
24) demonstrated that the Tlim was positively correlated with determination in runners of the maximum accumulated oxygen deficit (MAOD), methodology considered the gold standard for determining anaerobic capacity.
Furthermore, the oxygen deficit halved the success of sperm at fertilizing eggs and slashed the number of eggs that hatched into healthy offspring.
This phenomenon is known as oxygen deficit, during which both the ATP/PCr and anaerobic glycolysis energy systems contribute ATP.
We're determined to fulfill our mission and bring vital, life-saving treatment to TBI victims including our troops being crippled from unnecessary and curable brain oxygen deficit.
Maximal accumulated oxygen deficit (MAOD) proposed by Medbo and colleagues (18) is considered the gold standard test for anaerobic capacity.