anorexia

[an-uh-rek-see-uh]

noun

loss of appetite and inability to eat.
Psychiatry. anorexia nervosa.

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

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 Formsanorectic or anorexic, adjective, noun

Word Origin for anorexia

C17: via New Latin from Greek, from an- + orexis appetite
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Word Origin and History for anorexia
n.

1590s, "lack of appetite," Modern Latin, from Greek anorexia, from an-, privative prefix, "without" (see an- (1)) + orexis "appetite, desire," from oregein "to desire, stretch out" (cognate with Latin regere "to keep straight, guide, rule;" see regal). In current use, often short for anorexia nervosa.

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Medicine definitions for anorexia

anorexia

[ăn′ə-rĕksē-ə]

n.

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

anorexia

[ăn′ə-rĕksē-ə]

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

anorexia

A short name for anorexia nervosa.

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