- Also an·o·rec·tous. having no appetite.
- causing a loss of appetite.
- an anorectic substance, as a drug; anorexiant.
Also an·o·ret·ic [an-uh-ret-ik] /ˌæn əˈrɛt ɪk/, anorexic.
Origin of anorectic
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Word Origin and History for anorectic
"characterized by lack of appetite," 1832, medical Latin, from Greek anorektos "without appetite" (see anorexia). As a noun, attested from 1913.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Marked by loss of appetite.
- Suppressing or causing loss of appetite.
- Of or affected with anorexia nervosa.
- An agent that causes loss of appetite.
- One affected with anorexia nervosa.
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