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anorexia

[an-uh-rek-see-uh]
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noun
  1. loss of appetite and inability to eat.
  2. 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

noun
  1. loss of appetite
  2. Also called: anorexia nervosa (nɜːˈvəʊsə) a disorder characterized by fear of becoming fat and refusal of food, leading to debility and even death
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Derived Formsanorectic or anorexic, adjective, noun

Word Origin

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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anorexia in Medicine

anorexia

(ăn′ə-rĕksē-ə)
n.
  1. Loss of appetite, especially as a result of disease.
  2. Anorexia nervosa.
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anorexia in Science

anorexia

[ăn′ə-rĕksē-ə]
  1. Loss of appetite, especially as a result of disease.
  2. Anorexia nervosa.
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anorexia in Culture

anorexia

A short name for anorexia nervosa.

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