noun, plural in·suf·fi·cien·cies for 2.

  1. deficiency in amount, force, power, competence, or fitness; inadequacy: insufficiency of supplies.
  2. an instance of this.
  3. inability of an organ or other part of the body to function normally: cardiac insufficiency.


  1. Also called: insufficience the state of being insufficient
  2. pathol failure in the functioning of an organ, tissue, etccardiac insufficiency

1520s, from Late Latin insufficientia, noun of quality from insufficientem (see insufficient). Insufficience “deficiency” is from early 15c.


  1. An inability of a bodily part or an organ to function normally.
  2. A moral or mental incompetence.
  3. An inadequate supply.

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