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anorexia

[ an-uh-rek-see-uh ]
/ ˌæn əˈrɛk si ə /
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noun
loss of appetite and inability to eat.
Psychiatry. anorexia nervosa.

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Origin of anorexia

1590–1600; <New Latin <Greek, equivalent to an-an-1 + órex(is) longing (oreg- reach after + -sis-sis) + -ia-ia
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British Dictionary definitions for anorexia

anorexia
/ (ˌænɒˈrɛksɪə) /

noun
loss of appetite
Also called: anorexia nervosa (nɜːˈvəʊsə) a disorder characterized by fear of becoming fat and refusal of food, leading to debility and even death

Derived forms of anorexia

anorectic or anorexic, adjective, noun

Word Origin for anorexia

C17: via New Latin from Greek, from an- + orexis appetite
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for anorexia

anorexia
[ ăn′ə-rĕksē-ə ]

Loss of appetite, especially as a result of disease.
Anorexia nervosa.
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Cultural definitions for anorexia

anorexia

A short name for anorexia nervosa.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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