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obesity

[oh-bee-si-tee] /oʊˈbi sɪ ti/
noun
1.
the condition of being very fat or overweight; corpulence:
His obesity puts him at risk for major health problems.
Sometimes, obeseness.
Related forms
antiobesity, adjective, noun, plural antiobesities.
overobesity, noun
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  • The victim of obesity has no sympathies with the martyr to atrophy; he may envy, he cannot pity him.

    Arthur O'Leary Charles James Lever
  • A tendency to obesity often appears in generation after generation of a family.

    The Physical Life of Woman: Dr. George H Napheys
  • But bear in mind that obesity and stoutness are not synonymous terms.

    Woman

    William J. Robinson
  • The Polynesian is more subject to obesity than the Melanesian.

    The Races of Man Joseph Deniker
  • At the age of sixteen, suffered from all the discomforts of obesity.

    Pedagogical Anthropology Maria Montessori
Word Origin and History for obesity
n.

1610s, from French obésité and directly from Latin obesitas "fatness, corpulence," from obesus "that has eaten itself fat," past participle of obdere "to eat all over, devour," from ob "over" (see ob-) + edere "eat" (see edible).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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obesity in Medicine

obesity o·be·si·ty (ō-bē'sĭ-tē)
n.
The condition of being obese; increased body weight caused by excessive accumulation of fat.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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obesity in Science
obesity
  (ō-bē'sĭ-tē)   
The condition of being obese; increased body weight caused by excessive accumulation of fat.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
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