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failure to thrive

A medical term used to describe an infant or young child who has experienced delays in physical growth, for a variety of possible reasons. I'm a bit concerned about little Howie's failure to thrive, so I want you to bring him back the office next week for further examination.
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thrive on (something)

1. To flourish or grow luxuriantly by feeding or nourishing on something. The predators introduced to the ecosystem by explorers thrived on the multiple species that had not adapted to their presence. This flower thrives on sunshine, so be sure to have it in direct light as often as you can.
2. To reach one's greatest potential for success when exposed to or involved in something. She has always thrived on intense pressure in her studies, so attending Yale for law school seemed like the natural choice. Despite their willfulness, children actually thrive on rule, structure, and discipline.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

thrive (up)on something

to grow vigorously because of something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) These plants thrive upon wet soil. Children thrive on love.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

thrive on

To flourish by or as if by feeding on something: The bears thrived on a rich harvest of berries.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Beyond this, drawing upon demographic and phenotypic information, historical clinical data, radiology and pathology imaging, behavioral data, information from retrospective clinical studies of relevant cohorts, and other sources, Thrive intends to create a learning loop that fine-tunes test performance and expands the number of people who can benefit from earlier cancer screening over time.
Huffington left her job as editor of The Huffington Post in 2016 to devote her time to projects including a start-up called Thrive Global, focused on helping people fight burnout and exhaustion.
Tubeless techniques include intermittent apnoeic ventilation, supraglottic or transtracheal jet ventilation via a catheter, and THRIVE. Some benefits of using THRIVE in this setting include its noninvasive nature, ability to provide an uninterrupted surgical field, prolonged safe apnoea window, and some capacity to clear C[O.sub.2].
Founded and led by Arianna Huffington, Thrive Global is a behavior change media and technology company helping individuals, companies and communities improve their well-being and performance.
Finally, we offer recommendations to honors educators about helping students thrive.
They also demonstrated that individual traits may predispose some individuals to thrive more than the others.
Sarah said: "We are committed to learning from the very best practice globally and this is a fantastic opportunity through the Thrive Cities network.
To come up with a definitive catch-all, the researchers pulled together research on what makes people thrive, from studies of babies and teenagers, to studies of artists, sportspeople, employees and the elderly.
[USA], Sep 9 ( ANI ): What it takes to thrive, rather than merely survive, could be as simple as feeling good about life and yourself and being good at something, according to a new research.
Global Banking News-September 7, 2017--Pacific Mercantile Bank finances Thrive Networks
Edinburgh, United Kingdom, August 08, 2017 --( Thrive Digital are thrilled to be supporting the Open to Export Action Plan Competition this year.
Seeing this confirms our belief that having Team Members thrive at work and at home isn't just thoughtful business, it is smart business that leads to sustainable high-performance," he said.
The Thrive Hub has been launched to link communities with schools 'from cradle to career'.
34 and 36 / Co-founders, Thrive Center / Helena-West Helena