n. a phase of accelerated growth following a period of delayed and retarded growth. The latter often occurs because of nutritional deficiency or prolonged illness. This relatively-rapid opportunity for growth permits a child to achieve a level of development normal for his or her age.

CATCH-UP GROWTH: "Catch up growth allows youngsters to reach a level of development similar to their peers."
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