- 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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Related Words for anorecticundernourished, malnourished, angular, bony, puny, scrawny, shadow, skeleton, skinny, gangly, undersized, anorectic, stringbean
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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