In living organism, starvation is the condition of being in an extreme state due to lack of nutrients for an extended period of time. Continued starvation will cause about permanent damage to a living organisms, including death.

In computer science, starvation is a problem related to deadlocks whereby a process may never be granted a resource that it needs and thus it is said that the process is starved. This starvation may be avoided by assigning resources on a first-come, first-served resource allocation policy.

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