Phosphorous deficiency - Definition

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Phosphorus is a necessary element for bone and tooth calcification. It is naturally provided by food, including cereals, eggs, fish, meat, dairy products and nuts. A phosphorus deficiency may be due to an unbalanced diet, pregnancy or breastfeeding, a digestive problem, or taking certain medications. The symptoms are tingling in the extremities, muscle weakness, and shortness of breath. Phosphorus salts can compensate this deficiency. In general, phosphorus deficiencies are rare.